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This portait of Maharani Jamnabai bears a stunning resemblance to the kind of portraits that Raja Ravi Varma painted. The detailing of the jewellery, the posture of the Maharani, her firm gaze all points to the style of painting borrowed from Ravi Varma's works. The neck pieces, the rings, the bright red sari and a vase with flowers were trademarks of Ravi Varma and this work which is signed RC Naidoo is a testimony and tribute to the illustrious artist.

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  • Title: Portrait of Jamna Bai
  • Creator: R C Naidoo
  • Date Created: 1870
  • Location Created: Baroda, India
  • Original Source: Maharaja Fateh Singh Museum, Vadodara
  • Medium: Oil on canvas
  • Art Form: Painting
  • About the Artist: Not much is known about RC Naidoo; he was perhaps one of the many court painters in Baroda, who idolised Ravi Varma's works and unabashedly painted in a similar manner. Sayyajirao III was one of Ravi Varma's biggest patrons and the artist spent many months enjoying the ruler's hospitality while churning out innumerable paintings that the royal family had commissioned. It is probably watching the great master at work that Naidoo followed on the same path.

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