Portraits of Eminent Indians
Mass reproductions of grayscale photographs was an expensive proposition for publishers of periodicals, newspapers in the early part of 20th century and this gave rise to the art forms of cartoons, and pen and ink portraits, which could be reproduced just in black and white without the shades of gray.
Indian publishers during the 1950s and 1960s called upon artist V.N.O'key, more than anyone else, to provide these portraits for their publications. An excellent photographer and a fine artist, O'key was very well versed in art form of pen and ink portraits, as one can see from this collection.
We are grateful to T. Narasimha Shenoy, nephew of Late V.N. O'key for making these portraits available, and Prof. Madhu Dandavate for the brief biographic sketches. Some of the portraits were drawn during 1980s.
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