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THE PRESENT LOT is a rare oil painting by Raja Ravi Varma illustrating the welcoming party for the 3rd Duke of Buckingham and Chandos, Richard Temple- Grenville, on his official visit to Trivandrum, the capital of Travancore, a princely state in Southern India, in 1880. Temple-Grenville was the Governor-General of Madras from 1875 to 1880. Here, Visakham Thirunal, the younger brother of the Maharaja Ayilyom Thirunal of Travancore,...



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  Lot 13 of 68  

SPRING LIVE AUCTION
26 MARCH 2019

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Winning Bid
Rs 16,10,00,000
$2,367,647

(Inclusive of Buyer's Premium)


ARTWORK DETAILS

Raja Ravi Varma

The Maharaja of Travancore and his youger brother welcoming Richard Temple-Grenville, 3rd Duke of Buckingham and Chandos, Governor-General of Madras (1875-80), on his official visit to Trivandram in 1880.
Inscribed and dated 'By Ravi Varma Coil Tumpooran/ January 1881' (on the reverse)
1881
Oil on canvas

41.5 x 57 in (105.5 x 145 cm)

NON-EXPORTABLE NATIONAL ART TREASURE

PROVENANCE
Richard Temple-Grenville, 3rd Duke of Buckingham and Chandos (1823-1889)
Baroness Kinloss, the Duke's daughter (who owned part of the Stowe estate in 1894)
Perhaps given to a local solicitor and town clerk by Baroness Kinloss; otherwise given to Buckinghamshire County Council directly
Castle House, Buckingham, the offices of Buckinghamshire County Council, from the 1920s until 1974

PUBLISHED
Rupika Chawla, Raja Ravi Varma: Painter of Colonial India, Ahmedabad: Mapin Publishing Pvt. Ltd., 2010, p. 68 (illustrated)

Category: Painting
Style: Figurative


 









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