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:

Tuesday, 26 March 2013

G D Paulraj - Notebook page 2 - Mail order sales

I am intending to add a series of Paul Raj's notebook pages these give an idea of the prices he was selling his paintings for in the 1950s, 1960 and 1970s.  They also show one of the ways he sold his painting was by mail order on approval.  He would post a client between six and twelve paintings and they would choose a selection return the rest with the appropriate payment.  The notebooks were a way of keeping track of who he had sent what paintings and what they looked like.  It also gives an idea of the names he gave some paintings.
This page does not have a date or any prices but some later ones do. I have added a pair of pages previously so I have called this one number 2.  They are in no particular sequence.

The six sketches are titled:
1) Daughters of the village
2) Setting sun
3) Street in Madras
4) Dust and light
5) Cumlan Valley (not sure if I have read this title correctly?)
6) Through the fields 

In 1960 there was Rs/- 4.77 = $1.00 so a painting selling for Rs/- 150 was the equivalent of $31.50

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