Portrait of Christy Brown, 1980
Christy Brown was an author, painter and poet who suffered from cerebral palsy
Brown is most famous for his autobiograpy My Left Foot – his left leg was the only limb over which he had complete control, so he taught himself to write and paint with his left foot. Noel Pearson’s 1989 film of the same name, directed by Jim Sheridan and starring Daniel Day Lewis as Brown, is one of the most celebrated Irish movies of the last 30 years.
With thanks to Noel Pearson
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