WORLD’S LARGEST OIL PAINTING TO ADORN KOLKATA’S VICTORIA MEMORIA
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.
The made-over Victoria Memorial is likely to be inaugurated on January 31.