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Ustad Allah Bux

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Birth: Wazirabad, 1895 - Lahore, 1978


Pakistani painter and etcher, he was discovered at the age of five by Master Abdullah, a Mughal miniature artist of Lahore. By the age of fourteen, Allah Bux had become an accomplished signboard painter. He worked as a carriage painter for Mughalpura Railway and as a scene painter for Agha Hasher Kashmiri's theatrical company. In 1914 he went to Bombay, where he was employed as a photographer, re-touch artist and a portrait and landscape painter at the Bombay Art Studio. After returning to Lahore in 1919, he became a fine art painter who supported himself as a commercial artist.