Her Highness Janaki Subamma Bai Sahib of Pudukkottai

Raja Ravi Varma1879

Raja Ravi Varma Heritage Foundation

Raja Ravi Varma Heritage Foundation
Bengaluru, India

During a short stint in Tamil Nadu, Raja Ravi Varma painted portraits of many of the royals. Maharaja Thondaiman of Pudukkottai was a patron of the arts and commissioned Raja Ravi Varma to paint several portraits of himself, his wife Her Highness Janaki Subamma Bai Sahib, his sons and other members of the royal family.


  • Title: Her Highness Janaki Subamma Bai Sahib of Pudukkottai
  • Creator: Raja Ravi Varma
  • Date Created: 1879
  • Location Created: Pudukkottai, India
  • Subject Keywords: Raja Ravi Varma, Pudukkottai, Janaki Subamma, Royalty
  • Original Source: Private Collection
  • Medium: Oil on Canvas
  • Dimensions: 40" x 52.6"
  • Collection: Private Collection
  • About the Artist: Raja Ravi Varma (1848-1906), India’s foremost artist, who took art to the masses, hailed from Kilimanoor, in the erstwhile state of Travancore. From a very young age, Ravi Varma, was drawn towards art, imbibing techniques from his uncle and mentor Raja Raja Varma and his mother, Umayamba Bayi, a poet in her own right. Varma was much sought after by the Royals and owing to his popularity and reputation, his spectacular and richly-textured works were prolific. His realistic portrayals of contemporary figures and interpretations of religious and mythological figures fetched him instant and enduring success, lifting his standing in the art world. If the Royals and his countrymen were in awe of this great talent, the international world was spellbound by his imagination and creativity. He ensured that art would be accessible to all, through reproductions of his paintings which were made available, and affordable to everyone.

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