European Landscape

Mukundan Tampi1890

Raja Ravi Varma Heritage Foundation

Raja Ravi Varma Heritage Foundation
Bengaluru, India

This painting, done in a very different style by P Mukundan Tampi, was specially commissioned by Maharani Sethu Lakshmi Bai, who received a postcard from somewhere in Europe with a picture similar to this. She so fancied the scenery that she called in her palace artist Tampi and requested him to copy the image for her on canvas. Notice the minute details that Tampi has incorporated into this work - a couple of white 'mundus' that are hanging on the balustrade of the stairway leading down to the lake.


  • Title: European Landscape
  • Creator: Mukundan Tampi
  • Date Created: 1890
  • Physical Location: India
  • Location Created: Travancore, India
  • Physical Dimensions: 42" x 30"
  • Subject Keywords: Raja Ravi Varma, Mukundan Tampi, Landscape
  • Original Source: Private Collection
  • Medium: Oil on Canvas
  • About the Artist: P Mukundan Tampi a.k.a. P M Tampi, was a contemporary of Raja Ravi Varma, born into an affluent family in Mavelikkara as the son of Avittam Thirunal Udaya Varma Kunjappa Thampuran (1854-1921) of Mavelikkara Mannoor Madhom palace. After Raja Ravi Varma, Mukundan Tampi was one of the finest artists from Kerala who could handle the medium of oil paint with ease; however, most of his works are in private collections. Ravi Varma himself praised Mukundan Tampi for his works and had commented that if Tampi was more focused on his work, “he would sweep us all off the face of this earth with his brush!.”

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