Artwork to be auctioned for Dyslexia Scotland

First Minister Alex Salmond hosted a reception for Dyslexia Scotland, Sir Jackie Stewart former World racing champion and President of Dyslexia Scotland was also in attendance.Pic Kenny Smith, Kenny Smith Photography.6 Bluebell Grove, Kelty, Fife, KY4 0GX .Tel 07809 450119,
First Minister Alex Salmond hosted a reception for Dyslexia Scotland, Sir Jackie Stewart former World racing champion and President of Dyslexia Scotland was also in attendance.Pic Kenny Smith, Kenny Smith Photography.6 Bluebell Grove, Kelty, Fife, KY4 0GX .Tel 07809 450119,

A limited edition print of Sir Jackie Stewart by respected Angus artist Jonathan Mitchell is all set to raise funds for Dyslexia Scotland.

Formula One Racing enthusiasts have the unique opportunity to own the limited edition print of an oil painting donated by the artist of Jackie Stewart racing at the 1969 German Grand Prix in the Matra MS80.

There will be several opportunities to view the original painting over the coming months, courtesy of Bonhams Fine Art Auctioneers & Valuers. It will be on display at Bonhams’ viewing in London of Scottish paintings from August 28 to 30 inclusive and at Bonhams’ Edinburgh Summer Exhibition from September 8 to 12 before the original comes under the hammer at an auction for sale at the Goodwood Revival Weekend in Chichester on September 14, with all proceeds going to Dyslexia Scotland.

The painting was commissioned in co-operation with Jackie Stewart in order to raise funds and awareness for Dyslexia Scotland. A first edition of 500 limited edition prints has been produced replicating the oil painting. Each print has been personally signed by the artist and Sir Jackie Stewart. 

Jonathan said: “I`m better known as a painter of Scotland’s tranquil landscapes so doing a “portrait” of the MS80 was an interesting challenge. I was very fortunate to meet with Sir Jackie who was able to input about certain technical details of the car. I hope the finished painting conveys something of the power and speed of the Matra and the bravery of its driver.”

Sir Jackie, President and long time supporter of Dyslexia Scotland, who is dyslexic himself, spoke about the race in question. He said: “The Nurburgring was unquestionably the most challenging racetrack ever, in motorsport.

“The Matra MS80 I drove there in 1969 was probably the best Formula One car I have ever driven. I was leading the race that year when I lost second and fouth gear but still finished in second place. This painting is beautifully done and dramatises very explicitly, the challenges of the Green Hell. In those days we took off 13 times per lap; if we were putting in a quick lap. Scary, but stimulating.”

For details about how to order the print, priced at £250, visit http://bit.ly/126MEnQ