Raja Ravi Varma

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Lithographic Press

     His great thought that his paintings should not be the possession of Royal families alone, led to the starting of Lithographic Press in Bombay in 1894 at his own expenditure of nearly 50,000 rupees. Since there was no colour printing in India at that time, the machinery was imported from Germany along with German technicians and this was the first Lithographic press in India. With all our advancements in technology, it is very difficult to bringout prints of such high quality and exact colouring as that of the originals. By this, his paintings were printed in large numbers and had an honoured abode in most houses all over India in the late 19th and Early 20th Centuries. Only a portion of his originals got printed in oleograph forms.


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