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Rajesh Patel, Shop Owner

© the artist's estate. Photo credit: Girton College, University of Cambridge

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Born in Kenya in 1960, Rajesh is one of the many Asians who came to Britain from Africa to seek a better life. Like so many of them, he has established himself running what is known in the trade as a CTN – a confectioner, tobacconist and newsagent – which proliferate throughout the country. He and his brother Hitesh arrived in 1980, following in the wake of their father, who was already working here as a storekeeper.

Girton College, University of Cambridge


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    oil on board

  • Measurements

    119 x 119 cm

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  • Acquisition method

    on loan from the Royal Society of Portrait Painters


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Girton College, University of Cambridge

Huntingdon Road, Cambridge, Cambridgeshire CB3 0JG England

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