Maharaja and Maharani of Mysore

Raja Ravi Varma and Ravi Varma Press1930s

The Ganesh Shivaswamy Foundation

The Ganesh Shivaswamy Foundation
Bengaluru, India

THE MAHARAJA AND MAHARANI OF MYSORE ON THEIR WEDDING DAY: This is a print of His Highness Sri Sir Nalwadi Krishnaraja Wadiyar, the Maharaja of Mysore (1884-1940) on the day of his marriage. On 6 June 1900, the Maharaja married Maharani Lakshmivilasa Sannidhana Sri Pratapa Kumari Ammani Avaru of Kathiawar (b. 1889), youngest daughter of Rana Sri Bane Sinhji Sahib, Rana Sahib of Vana in the Kathiawar region of the present-day Gujarat State.

This print is derived from a painting by Raja Ravi Varma which depicts the bridal couple in all their finery and grandeur. The Maharaja is seen wearing the famous Mysore pearls and the Maharani is wearing the nine yard saree pleated and flowing in the traditional Mysore style.


  • Title: Maharaja and Maharani of Mysore
  • Creator: Raja Ravi Varma, Ravi Varma Press
  • Date Created: 1930s
  • Physical Dimensions: 90 x 60 cms
  • Provenance: The Hemamalini and Ganesh Shivaswamy Collection, Bengaluru.
  • Subject Keywords: Raja Ravi Varma, Mysore, Gigapixel
  • Type: Chromolithograph
  • Rights: The Ganesh Shivaswamy Foundation, Bengaluru.
  • 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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