S. G. Thakur Singh (India, 1890/99-1976) An oil sketch of fishermen on Madras Beach

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Lot 201
S. G. Thakur Singh (India, 1890/99-1976)
An oil sketch of fishermen on Madras Beach

Sold for £ 1,020 (US$ 1,327) inc. premium
S. G. Thakur Singh (India, 1890/99-1976)
An oil sketch of fishermen on Madras Beach
oil on paper, framer's label on reverse of Star Art Framing Works, Meadow Street, Fort, Bombay
265 x 390 mm.

Footnotes

  • A preparatory study for an oil on canvas (dated 1928) of the same subject, sold in these rooms, Bonhams, Islamic and Indian Art, online sale, 4th June 2019, lot 86.

    Sardar Ganda Thakur Singh, an apprentice of the Lahore painter Mohammed Alam (1870-1940), began as a theatrical painter in Bombay and Calcutta. In 1917, at the age of eighteen, he was awarded a prize in an exhibition in Simla, and his painting After the Bath won 2nd Prize at the British Empire Exhibition in London in 1924. He was best known for his vaguely erotic female subjects, but he also painted landscapes. He was a founder member of the Punjab Fine Art Society in Calcutta, the Indian Academy of Fine Arts in Amritsar, and the Thakar Singh School of Arts. In 1953 he was nominated as a member of the Punjab Legislative Council. The Russian and Hungarian governments invited him to exhibit his work in Moscow, Leningrad and Budapest in 1959 (he had travelled extensively in the Soviet Union). He died in 1976. For a brief survey of his life and work, see M. Hasan, Painting in the Punjab Plains, Lahore 1998, p. 165.
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