Admirer of Paul Raj Paintings

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Paul was born in Kodaikanal on 22 September 1914 and died on 2 October 1979. G D Arulraj was born in 1925 and died in June 1972 while visiting India. Arul worked at Laguna Beach in the 60's and 1970's. G D Thyagaraj might have been born in 1922 and I am told that he probably died sometime before 1981. He moved to northern India as a young man. I lived in India as a child and spent a lot of time in Calcutta. My mother purchased several paintings directly from Paul Raj while living in Madras and this got me interested in his works. I then discovered he had two brothers Arul Raj and Thyaga Raj who were both fantastic artists. I could not find much information on the internet so decided to set up my own blog. Subsequently a Facebook tribute site has also been created to the memory of the three brothers. Contact me at:

Wednesday, 26 January 2011

G D Paulraj - Chai Wallah

This is a photo of a painting which has just sold at Burstow and Hewett Auction House in the UK.  The pre sale estimate was for £150 to £200 and it sold for £140 which is around $217 US dollars based on $1.55 equals £1.00. 
It was framed and signed and depicts a street scene with two people sitting outside of a shop drinking a glass of tea. hence the name 'Chai Wallah'.  It has also been found in Paul Raj's record books, which indicate that it was for a client living in New Delhi in 1975.  I thought is was quite a nice painting in good condition but sold at a fairly moderate price.

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