THE TWO FACES OF ROSA CERA TOP MODEL OF LONDON IN 1938
AN ENCOUNTER IN LONDON IN 1938 WITH M.A. RAHMAN CHUGHTAI
Favourite model of different artists of London
artist Paul Drury was teaching M.A. Rahman Chughtai the Art of Etching at the Central School London at the direction of Sir Frank Short, Master Etcher of his times. In the process they became good friends. Paul Drury introduced him to his father Sir Alfred Drury, as well as to countless other London artists. He took him to the famous London club of artists and they all chatted about art, here and there. The artist Chughtai had entered the inner very exclusive circle of the artists of London. The highlight was the visit to a private studio where the top model of London was posing in nude to various artists.
It was amazing for the artist M.A. Rahman Chughtai to see how the British artists were dependent on looking at the female anatomy in actuality for their creativity. And it was mind boggling how a woman could suit naked in front of so many men and not bat a single eyelid. It was all new for him. Yes, he himself handled the drawing of women all the time. He made hundreds of nudes himself. But he never required a model for that. His creativity sprang from his imagination itself.
Rosa Cera won the coveted award of BEST WAX MODEL for the year 1938 from Tassuad Wax Museum and was in the front cover of everything. The Artists Association had convinced her to pose naked for them. She used to live with her mother and younger sister outside London in a farm house. There was a lake near the house, where she used to go and relax her pent up furies to conquer Europe with her modeling career. All the details of this amazing encounter are related in our research brochure EAST MET WEST and is available for download. Enjoy!