Krishnaraja Wadiyar IV and Maharani Prathap Kumari

by Raja Ravi Varma
(inclusive of taxes)


Size: 40 x 28 inches (Framed)
Medium: Hand Painted Oleograph
Condition: Loss of Print and Minor Crack
Signature: Signed by Ravi Varma


This oleograph depicts Maharaja Krishnaraja Wadiyar IV, the 24th Maharaja of the Kingdom of Mysore. He ruled from 1894 until his death in 1940, and at the time of his death, he was one of the world's wealthiest men. The artwork depicts a portrait of the ruler with his wife, Maharani Prathap Kumari of Kathiawar, at the time of their wedding.
The oleograph is signed by Raja Ravi Varma. It is unusually large, and very rare to find in this size. The oleograph has been hand painted, and is most likely from the first print edition. There is a loss of print on the bottom right and a stain on the bottom left. There is a small crack in the centre, on the top.
  • ABOUT Raja Ravi Varma

    Raja Ravi Varma (1848-1906) was a celebrated Indian artist, famous for his realistic portrayal of Indian gods, goddesses and mythological characters, in scenes adapted mainly from the Mahabharata, Ramayana and the Puranas.

    Considered to be one of the greatest painters in the history of Indian art, Ravi Varma fused European techniques with a pure Indian sensibility. Though a protégé of royalty, Raja Ravi Varma was the first to make prints (or lithographs) of his artworks affordable and easily available, bringing fine art to the masses. In fact, the Raja Ravi Varma Press was started in Mumbai by him in 1894, and managed by his brother Raja Varma, before being bought over by a German company. 

    An original 1890 Ravi Varma oil on canvas, titled 'Radha In The Moonlight' was sold for a whopping Rs. 20 crores at a Pundole auction in November 2016.

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  • ABOUT Oleographs

    Oleographs, also called chromolithographs, are multi-colour art prints, stemming from the process of lithography. Pioneered in the 1830s, the process of producing oleographs came into wide commercial use in the 1860s. The technique relied on using several woodblocks or stones with colours for printing, while hand-colouring remained an important aspect as well. Depending on the number of colours present, an oleograph could take months to produce by very skilled workers. Poor preservation and cheaper printing alternatives have made oleographs hard to find. Today, they are mainly used as fine art.

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