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:

Monday, 30 September 2013

Silver Rupee snuff box

I recently came across this silver snuff box for sale on the internet, I think it eventually sold for around £40.00.  I have seen several similar kinds over the years and they look a fun item to collect.
The box shows two coins one making up the lid and the second the base dating from 1918. However I can not be certain when the box was actually made?  I assume the side of the box is made from drilling through a number of other coins.
I have a collection of rupees but no snuff boxes yet!!!

Friday, 27 September 2013

G D Thyagaraj - Mountains

This is a water colour by Thyagaraj that sold a good few years ago on an auction site which I have just come across recently.  It is quite different in many ways to what Thyagaraj went on to produce as it shows some large mountains in the background.
I do not think that I have added it to the blog before certainly not using the title of 'mountains'.  It is not clear what the workers are doing in the stream in the foreground?

Sunday, 22 September 2013

G D Paulraj - Notebook 10

Another page from Paul's notebooks, this one is dated 28 February 1959 and says "sent to Chandigarh."
No. 4 Distant well Rs 115/-
No. 2 Bazaar corner Rs 115/-
No. 1Shifting the wheat Rs 115/-
No. 5 Farmers house Rs 95/-
No. 12 Evening light Rs 115/- (marked as sold)
No. 9 The old house Rs 95/- (marked as sold)
No. 10 Homeward bound Rs 95/-
No. 11 Under canvas shade Rs 95/- (marked as sold)

Sunday, 15 September 2013

G D Paulraj - Bullock cart street scene

This is the third of the paintings shared with me by the lady in the USA, it is similar to several done by Paul under the title Delhi Street scene. It shows a heavily laden bullock cart moving down the road in a town.  It is a nice painting dating from around 1958.
Very well painting bullocks lovely blue sky and a crisp white gable end on the house.