This is a painting by Raja Ravi Varma of Maharaja Raol Sir Takhtsinhji Jaswantsinhji GCSI KIH (6 January 1858 – 29 January 1896). He was the Maharaja of Bhavnagar, a Rajput chief of the Gohil clan, and ruler of Bhavnagar state in Kathiawar. He succeeded to the throne of Bhavnagar upon the death of his father, Jaswantsinhji, in 1870.


  • Title: Maharaja Raol Sir Takhtsinhji Jaswantsinhji of Bhavnagar
  • Creator: Raja Ravi Varma
  • Date Created: 1881
  • Location: India
  • Physical Dimensions: 231 x 165 cms
  • Type: Painting
  • Original Source: Apparao Foundation, Chennai.
  • 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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