Maharaja and Maharani of Mysore

Ravi Varma Press1890

Raja Ravi Varma Heritage Foundation

Raja Ravi Varma Heritage Foundation
Bengaluru, India

The eldest son of Chamarajendra Wadiyar and Maharani Vani Vilas Sannidhana, Krishnaraja Wadiyar IV, who was born in 1884, ascended the throne in 1894 though his mother ruled the state as Regent following Chamarajendra's death in 1894 until Krishnaraja Wadiyar attained majority age as ruler. On June 6, 1900 Krishnaraja Wadiyar married Maharani Pratapa Kumari Ammani of Kathiawar, five years younger to him. Their resplendent wedding finery is captured in detail in this image. Under his rule, Mysore developed into one of the finest states in the country, earning him praise from all over.


  • Title: Maharaja and Maharani of Mysore
  • Creator: Ravi Varma Press
  • Date Created: 1890
  • Physical Dimensions: 50 x 71 cm
  • Type: Reproduction
  • Original Source: From the Sandeep & Gitanjali Maini Foundation
  • Rights: Raja Ravi Varma Heritage Foundation, Bengaluru
  • Labels and Inscriptions: Ravi Varma FAL Press, Mumbai
  • Creator's Lifetime: 1848-04-29/1906-10-02
  • 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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