Posted 5 years ago
I have included three images as it is difficult to get a good image without any interference in the reflection. I bought this picture in a job lot at auction for very little. The other pictures were 'tat' but I had a feeling that this one, apart from being beautiful, was possibly an original pastel. It turned out to be just that - a pastel by Goray Douglas. I then googled him and found the following: Born in 1920 at Maimio in erstwhile Burma, he came to India following the Japanese invasion in 1942. Once here, Mrs. Anderson, a resident of the hill town, helped him settle down. The love of the people and the place inspired him to create the wonderful works that made him famous all over the world. (He was untaught) Most of his portraits are about people he met in Darjeeling. One of his many masterpieces, Portrait of a Young Child was bought by Lord Mountbatten. Goray Douglas has been dead for over 36 years, his family held an exhibition of some of his work calling it 'The Faces of the Hills'. ; This girl is just exquisite, with a beguiling smile and dressed in her native attire, I feel most privileged to own it and so very pleased that I recognised it was special.