This sketch shows Draupadi sprawled on the floor, head covered in angst, shame and despair for the painting Draupadi at the court of King Virata. Housed at the Sri Chitra Art Gallery, the Oil on Canvas is a magnificent piece of work in its composition and characters.
Much later, this sketch was used by Rama Varma in the work Dasharath Kaikeyi Vilaap, where Kaikeyi is shown fallen on the floor, extracting her pound of flesh as she cunningly coerces King Dasharath into banishing Prince Rama from Ayodhya and crowning her son, Prince Bharath as king.


  • Title: Sketch Of An Unconscious Woman
  • 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: 1897
  • Subject Keywords: Raja Ravi Varma
  • Original Source: Collection of Parthasarathy Varma on loan to Raja Ravi Varma Heritage Foundation, Bengaluru
  • Medium: Ink on Paper
  • Art Form: Drawing
  • Collection: DAG Private Limited
  • 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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