Ravi Varma made the charming portrait of the young prince at the same time that he made portraits of his grandparents Ramachandra Tondaiman and HH Janaki Subbamma Bai Sahib. Marthanda Tondaiman was adopted by his grandparents and succeeded his grandfather to the Pudukkottai throne.


  • Title: Raja Marthanda Tondiaman
  • Creator: Raja Ravi Varma
  • Creator Nationality: Indian
  • Date: 1880-08
  • Date Created: 1879-01
  • Location Created: Pudukkottai, Tamil Nadu
  • Physical Dimensions: 53.5 x 42 cms
  • Type: Oil on canvas
  • External Link: A portrait of the prince of Pudukkottai.
  • Collection: Private Collection
  • Biography: Raja Ravi Varma: Painter of Colonial India by Rupika Chawla
  • 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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