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, 20 July 2011

First Day Cover - Conquest of Everest 29-5-53

Another First Day Cover and quite a special one commemorating the Conquest of Everest on 29 May 1953.  This was addressed to my father's colleague at the Hooghly Ink Company in Calcutta.  Mr Birkett was Managing Director the Company for a few years.
Again it is likely that the ink used to print the stamps came from the Hooghly Ink Company.

Wednesday, 13 July 2011

First Day Cover - Nehru 12 June 1964

I thought I would do something different today but still relevant to the Blog Title.  My father worked for the Hooghly Ink Company manufacturing printing ink.  Some ink was sold to be used in Indian bank notes and also in the printing of postage stamps.  As a result he got given stamps over the years and collected stamps.  Today I am adding a First Day Cover from 1964 commemorating Jawaharlal Nehru.
I will add a variety of other covers in the coming weeks as well as the usual variety of posts as well.  Any stamp collectors out there?  Hope you like it.

Sunday, 10 July 2011

G D Arulraj - Fetching Water from the River

Painting by Arulraj today which was for sale on Ebay several years ago, not sure if it sold or not at hat time. Shows two ladies collecting water from the banks of the river?
ALso shows one of the usual big trees.

Friday, 8 July 2011

L M Ghose - Boat at Sunset

Another photo of a painting by L M Ghose, a sunset scene with pinks and violets. 
His signature is clearly visible in the bottom right hand corner.

Tuesday, 5 July 2011

G D Thyagaraj - Carts with bare trees

Came across this painting by G D Thyagaraj a little while ago for sale in an auction.  Unfortunately I did not keep a record of where it was being sold or what price it went for.
Might be an early one as he is still struggling with the length of the cows necks! Still interesting all the same.

Sunday, 3 July 2011

Henry Brown - Photograph taken in Bombay

Slight variation today, I have been doing a lot of family tree research over the last few years and my wife and I own two old photo albums one from each family.  While looking at the photos in her album we came across a couple that were taken in Bombay in the 1890's.  The photo is of her Great Grandmothers brother Henry Brown who was born in 1867 in Sunderland, in Northern England.  It seems he might have become a missionary and spent a few years in India.
It was taken at a photographers in Kalbadevi Road, Bombay.  Fortunately the photos is dated on the back as being taken on 20th May 1892 when he was aged 24 years.
The photographers appear to have been a firm called Gomes and De Lair.  I wonder if anyone knows if Kalbadevi Road still exists?  I thought it would be interesting to share this photo so show the family connection to India on my wife's side of the family as well.  Henry eventually moved to Canada and we know he was living in Prince Edward Island by 1911.   The family loast touch with Henry Brown after he moved to Canada.