Sketch of a man deep in study. The classic hairstyle, the lamp are dead giveaways that he belonged to a noble lineage. The final version of Man Reading A Book (oil on canvas) is housed at Sri Chitra Art Gallery, Thiruvananthapuram and it shows a bit more deviation from the initial watercolour sketch. The painting shows the man's face clearly and with a cap typifying a trader or a well-to-do merchant.


  • Title: Man Reading A Book
  • Creator: Raja Ravi Varma
  • Creator Lifespan: 1848-04-29/1906-10-02
  • Creator Nationality: Indian
  • Creator Gender: Male
  • Creator Death Place: Kilimanoor, Kerala
  • Creator Birth Place: Kilimanoor, Kerala
  • Date Created: 1890
  • Original Source: Collection of Parthasarathy Varma on loan to Raja Ravi Varma Heritage Foundation, Bengaluru
  • Art Form: Drawing
  • Collection: DAG Private Limited

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