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:

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.


  1. Yes. I lived on Kalbadevi Road. Gomes and Lair maybe P. Gomes and Co. - I took photographs there and knew P. Gomes.

  2. How long ago did you live there? Was it still a photographers shop at that time?

  3. Hello,
    P.Gomes and Co. shut down a few years ago and is now part of my research project. I'd really be grateful if you could post a few more pictures with the little stamp below at your earliest.
    Thank you

  4. Hello,
    P.Gomes and Co. shut down a few years ago and is now part of my research project
    I'd be grateful you you could post some more pictures from your archives which holds the studio's stamp at your earliest.
    Thank you

  5. Hello Bonita if you email me at the following address I can send you a higher quality scan of the photo if it is of interest.