Chennai based numismatist, Venkataraman Prabhakar sir gifted me a portrait of my ancestor, King Serfoji III drawn and painted by my grandfather, Prince.Tulajendra Rajah Bhosle. He got this portrait ten years back from an antique retailer. My grandfather was a lover of Tanjore art and he himself worked on many royal portraits. He did portraits of all the Maratha rulers of Thanjavur and some are still displayed at Sadar Mahal Palace’s private museum.He signed all his completed portraits as T.R Bhosle (that means Tulajendra Rajah Bhosle).In this portrait he had mentioned the name of the King and the year of his reign, my grandfather’s signature is seen and in extreme right, the relationship of him with the king (stated as grandfather). This portrait is drawn after seeing the authentic Tanjore painting of King Serfoji III which is at our Palace museum.
(Note: the numerical number after the name in the portrait might be misplaced).
Heartfelt thanks to Venkataraman Prabhakar sir for handing over it to me and also for well preserving it for years.
“I must thank God who used me as a tool for this great art to get back to its original place, where it belongs”- Venkataraman Prabhakar.
To know about King Serfoji III and my grandfather Prince Tulajendra Rajah Bhosle, click the below link 👇