This is a painting by Raja Ravi Varma of His Highness Ayilyam Thirunal Rama Varma (1832–1880) who was the ruler of Travancore from 1860 to 1880. Raja Ravi Varma is said to have first met the Maharaja when he was fourteen years old. It is also said that it was this maharaja who allowed Ravi Varma to view albums of pictures of European art in his library.


  • Title: Ayilyam Thirunal Rama Varma
  • Creator: Raja Ravi Varma
  • Date Created: 1892
  • Location: India
  • Physical Dimensions: 259 x 167.5 cms
  • Type: Painting
  • Original Source: Private Collection
  • Rights: Curatorial Rights: The Ganesh Shivaswamy Foundation, Bengaluru.
  • Medium: Oil on Canvas
  • Creator's Lifetime: 1848-04-29/1906-10-02
  • Creator's Biography: Raja Ravi Varma (1848-1906) was a prolific Indian artist who is recognized for his resorting to the academic realistic style of painting. His portraits of English and Indian royalty and aristocracy were well received. His paintings on Hindu religious and mythological subjects and paintings from classical and literary sources were highly sought after even during his lifetime. He painted several copies of his works and this demand led to the suggestion to have his paintings printed in the form of oleographs. The Ravi Varma Fine Art Lithographic Press was established in Bombay (now Mumbai) and commenced operations in 1894. Many of Ravi Varma's paintings were printed as chromolithographs at this Press. These chromolithographs would have a tremendous impact on religion, society and aesthetics. They went on to democratize art leading to immortalize Ravi Varma in the minds of the people of the Indian subcontinent.

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