A FEW REMARKABLY PRESERVED PAGES FROM A SCHOOL DRAWING BOOK – PROBABLY AROUND 1908, EARLIEST FREE DRAWINGS M.A. RAHMAN CHUGHTAI
From the early naqashi classes of Baba Miran Baksh at Wazeer Khan’s mosque, the artist Chughtai moved to Railway Technical School, near Railway Station, Lahore. Children of the employees of Railway, received free education here. As a lot of Chughtai’s relatives from the mother side was in the Railways, it was natural for him to be there. His brilliance everybody could see, but his attitude was resented there. The Head Master used to thrash him literally with a stick, so much so that he ran away from School. (But that is another story) Suffice that some pages from a drawing book are still preserved with us. It was natural for him to come second in the Eighth Middle examination, with excellence in Technical and free drawing. Some pages saved from his drawing book, and as he passed his exam in 1911, so we can say these pages are from 1908 or so. Enjoy!