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Kolkata’s iconic Vic­to­ria Me­mo­rial is sched­uled to un­dergo a com­plete makeover by Jan­uary-end and put on dis­play after at least two decades “The Jaipur Pro­ces­sion”, be­lieved to be one of the largest oil paint­ings in the world.

The 23-ft wide by 16.5-ft high master­piece by Rus­sian painter Vasily Vereshcha­gin shows richly ca­parisoned ele­phants ad­vanc­ing ma­jes­ti­cally with horses and foot­men in a pro­ces­sion in front of the Am­ber Chow­par in Jaipur in 1876. The Prince of Wales and Ma­haraja Ram Singh of Jaipur are seated on the first ele­phant. Done dur­ing the British Raj, the paint­ing was orig­i­nally the prop­erty of Ed­ward Mal­ley of New Haven in the US. It was ac­quired by the Ma­haraja of Jaipur and pre­sented to the Vic­to­ria Me­mo­rial in 1905.

“In our brochure of 1967, this paint­ing has been de­scribed as the largest in oils in In­dia and, prob­a­bly, the sec­ond largest in this medium in the world.

(HT File Photo)

The made-over Vic­to­ria Me­mo­rial is likely to be in­au­gu­rated on Jan­uary 31.

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