6. Card players from 1920s, South India

I was shown an old torn and faded postcard from 1920s found in a collection of prints and calendar pictures hoarded by my grandmother. It was a postcard produced by “Higginbotham’s of Madras” and was a quirky and unusual subject of card players rapt in their game under a single light bulb..

From their attire they were servants working” below stairs” in a Tamil Hindu household.   Card playing obviously transcended class, status and gender as early as in the 1920s in South India. . My grandmother confessed that though playing cards was prohibited  to “upper-class  girls and women” of the household  as a bad habit, she and  her sister were dab hands at rummy, playing as they did for a few  coins  !

I had to resurrect the subject of this old torn postcard as a painting



Original:  Oil on canvas ; 12 x 16″  (305 x 410mm) ; framed

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