Nautch Dancers India [pencil, lower right.]
Drypoint etching from limited edition, numbered '36 . 90' by the artist in pencil. On J. Whatman paper watermarked 1925, 275 x 345mm, 10¾ x 13½". A fine, richly-inked impression.
In north India, Nautch is one of several styles of popular dance, performed by young girls known as 'Nautch girls'. The word is an anglicized version of a word found in Hindi and Urdu; a literal translation of Nautch is 'dance' or 'dancing'. Charles William Cain (1893 - 1962) travelled in the Middle East, and lived in Baghdad for some years. A student of Camberwell School of Art, he was then an illustrator and cartoonist for the Johannesburg Star. During the Great War, he served with the Border Regiment in India and Mesopotamia until the Armistice. In 1920-21, he studied at the Royal College of Art under Frank Short.
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