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Raja Ravi Varma
Hanuman`s Discourse


Raja Ravi Varma's art marks an historic turn in the development of Indian modern art and Indian artists, at the beginning of the movement for Indian Independence. Ravi Varma's works, which incorporated the use of oil as a medium and a distinctly European style of realism, influenced other artists and shaped a new perception of "Indian Art". All this took place at a time in Indian history when a "modern and progressive India" was the...



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  Lot 44 of 89  

SPRING ONLINE AUCTION
27-28 MARCH 2019

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Winning Bid
$1,080,000
Rs 7,34,40,000

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ARTWORK DETAILS

Raja Ravi Varma
Hanuman`s Discourse
Circa 1870
Oil on canvas
20.25 x 16.75 in (51.4 x 42.4 cm)

NON-EXPORTABLE NATIONAL ART TREASURE
REGISTERED ANTIQUITY

PROVENANCE
Gifted by the artist to his nephew Aswathi Thirunal Marthanda Varma
Thence by descent
Acquired from the above

The present lot was especially painted by Raja Ravi Varma for his nephew Aswathi Thirunal Marthanda Varma (also known as B A Prince), the son of Parvathi Bayi, the Attingal Elaya Thampuran, who was the second princess of the Travancore royal family. After Aswathi’s death, the painting was willed to his wife, Narayani Pillai Thankachi. The couple, who had no offspring of their own, had adopted Narayani’s orphaned nephew, N Parameshwaran Thampi, after his mother’s passing. Narayani, on her death, left her worldly possessions to him. His daughter, Janaki Pillai Kochamma alias Uma Thampuran, eventually inherited the painting. It resided with her at the Kaithavilagom Bungalow, on display above a doorway for over 100 years, until it was acquired by the present owner.

Category: Painting
Style: Figurative


 









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