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* ALFRED W HALLET ARCA (BRITISH 1914 - 1986), PORTRAIT OF A INDIAN MAN oil on board, signed lower right 60cm x 50cm Framed. Note: Hallett studied in London, and exhibited in two Summer Exhibitions in 1937 and 1939 at the Royal Academy.. In 1938, he was invited to India to paint by the Kashmiri owner of Nedou's Hotel in Srinigar. He offered his services to the British Government during World War II, but refused to take up arms. He was given a job as a censor, and rose to the position of Chief Censor in the Punjab. After the end of the war, Alfred decided to stay in India. After the Partition of India in 1947 he finally bought a church property previously used for furloughs by missionaries at Dharamkot, He was a keen gardener and developed a friendship with the 14th Dalai Lama with whom he used to share cuttings, seeds and gardening tips. He was well known for his portraits, landscape and flower paintings some of which are exhibited at the Naam Art Gallery in the small rural locality of Sidhbari, near Dharamshala in the Indian state of Himachal Pradesh. He also painted imaginative religious paintings some of which may be seen in the Catholic Church and school in Amritsar. He died at his home in Dharamkot on 26 April 1986.

Estimate: £200 - £400
Hammer: £320

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The British & International Pictures Auction: 26/4/2017
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