By Raja Muzaffar Ali
Proceeds from the sale of the painting will go to the Kotwara Welfare Trust (KWT)
Acrylic on canvas
1’- 0” x 1’- 0”
Signed: Middle Right
1933 Minerva AL 7 passenger Laundaulet de Ville, Coachwork by Carrosserie Van Den Plas, Belgium
I grew up in the grandeur of Awadh enriched by images and stories of these cars and their ostentatious owners. By the sixties and seventies, many of these incredible machines had either left the soil of Awadh or stood abandoned in garages of old crumbling mansions. One of them was my cousin, Raja of Mahmudabad’s magnificent Minerva of which my father had fond memories. Like many others, this too stood disintegrating in Mahmudabad House in Qaiserbagh, Lucknow.