John Byrne donates £8k painting to Edinburgh charity

The painting, titled 'West of 8th' will be sold by Lyon & Turnbull at their Scottish Paintings and Sculpture Sale. Picture: TSPL

The painting, titled 'West of 8th' will be sold by Lyon & Turnbull at their Scottish Paintings and Sculpture Sale. Picture: TSPL

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A PAINTING by critically acclaimed artist John Byrne has been donated to a charity to raise money for sick children.

The painter and playwright has given his painting to Lyon and Turnbull auction house, with any funds raised from the sale going to help children with chronic diseases.

John Byrne, 75, who was born in Paisley, is regarded as one of Scotland’s most versatile and accomplished artists and writers.

He wrote the Bafta-winning television series Tutti Frutti and designed record covers for the likes of Gerry Rafferty and Billy Connolly.

His painting of a New York street, titled West of 8th, is valued at up to £8000 and will be sold to benefit Edinburgh charity the Teapot Trust on December 10.

The Teapot Trust provides professional art therapy in a medical environment to children coping with chronic illness.

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