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Painting to be auctioned in aid or Australian Wildlife Charity

24th February 2020.

A painting of The Building of Sydney Opera House by Robert Emerson Curtis is to be auctioned at Tennants Auctioneers in North Yorkshire in aid of WIRES Australian Wildlife Rescue Operation. WIRES carries out vital work to aid wildlife, particularly following the devastating wildfires in recent weeks.

The picture has been donated by Professor Paul Cook, a former Professor of Environmental Science and Professor of Laser Physics at Brunel University who was responsible for the design and development of numerous laser systems used in medicine and the military throughout the world. Professor Cook also acted as a Scientific Adviser to the Government in the early 1990s and founded the British Scientific and Technology Trust. During this period he raised over £1m through his organisation of the ‘Treasures of Science Auction’ to help provide medicines to children in Russia in the wake of the Chernobyl disaster.

Robert Emerson Curtis (1898-1986) was the official artist for the construction of Australia's two most famous buildings, The Sydney Harbour Bridge and the Sydney Opera House. He was also an official war artist during World War II and during the 1940's he traversed Australia depicting its industrial war effort. The painting will be sold with a guide price of £400-600 (plus buyer’s premium).

A further auction in aid of WIRES, organised by Professor Cook, is planned for later this year. Further details are to be announced.

The picture will be sold as part of the Modern and Contemporary Art Sale on 29th March.

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