This photo with caption i saw on internet-photo (1850 -1900 era)-more information below

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[edit]Summary:-It was Arunacahalam Pillai who brought "photopidikkunna ynatram"(translate- photo taking machine) or the first-ever camera to Travancore in 1850. Obviously he took the photographs of the Maharaja. The oldest photograph in the collection was of Ayilayam Tirunal Maharaja (1832-1880) with this wife, taken by the reputed photographers from Calcutta, Bourne and Shepherd

more info on maharaja ayilyam

 Thirunal:-http://inorite.wordpress.com/tag/ayilyam-thirunal/
Maharaja Swathi Thirunal and Maharaja Ayilyam Thirunal - History of Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala

Personal life

After the death of Thiruvattar Ammachi, his first consort, the Maharajah married again in 1862 Kalyanikutty Amma of the Mathripally family of Mukundapuram, Thrissur in the neighboring state ofCochin. She was born in 1839 as the only daughter of Nadavarambathu Kunju Krishna Menon, a former Dewan of Cochin and his wife Mathripally Lakshmi Amma. She was first married to Punnakkal Easwara Pillai, a Vicharippukar (steward) of the palace. Kalyanikutty Amma was a woman of renowned beauty and the first commission given to Raja Ravi Varma by Ayilyam Thirunal was for her portrait. In 1865 after their marriage, she was adopted by the Maharajah into theNagercoil Ammaveedu after which her full title became Nagercoil Ammachi Panapillai AmmaSrimathi Lakshmi Pillai Kalyanikutty Pillai Kochamma. Nagercoil Ammachi was also a scholar ofSanskrit and a poet in her own right, having authored Rasa KridaSatya PanchakamPativrataya PanchakamAmbarishacharitram and other works. She died in 1909. The Maharajah had no children of his own from either marriage. However along with his consort he adopted a niece and nephew of hers, namely Panapillai Ananthalakshmi Pillai Kochamma, who married in 1879 the Maharajah's nephew Moolam Thirunal and a son Nagercoil Achuthan Thampi. The Maharajah was also a poet having authored the Meenaketanacharitram and Bhasha Sakuntalam.
The first decade of the Maharajah's reign was happy and peaceful but several problems arose after the dismissal of Dewan Madhava Rao. The Maharajah's relationship with Kerala Varma Valiya Koil Thampuran, the consort of his niece, the Rani Lakshmi Bayi (who was adopted in 1857 soon after the Maharajah's sister of the same name died giving birth to  MaharajaMoolam Thirunal) turned sour and subsequently he was imprisoned in Haripad in 1875 where he stayed until his release in 1880 after the Maharajah's death. Ayilyam Thirunal's own brother, Visakham Thirunal was also on bad terms with him until his death. However in the last week before his demise, the brothers reconciled. Maharajah Ayilyam Thirunal died on the 30th of May 1880.

 The Gazette of Fort St. George of the British Government makes the following comment on the Maharajah's reign:
His Highness ascended the musnud on the 19th of October 1860 and his reign has been marked by the development of wise and enlightened principles of administration which have placed Travancore in the first rank of Native States

Maharajah Ayilyam Thirunal Rama Varma (1832–1880):--http://www.enotes.com/topic/Ayilyam_Thirunal



Ayilyam Thirunal
Born: 14 March 1832 Died: 30 May 1880
Regnal titles
Preceded by
Uthradom Marthanda Varma II
Maharaja of Travancore
1860-1880
Succeeded by
Visakham Thirunal
Moolam Thirunal
Born: 25 September 1857 Died: 7 March 1924
Regnal titles
Preceded by
Visakham Thirunal
Maharaja of Travancore
1885-1924
Succeeded by
Chithira Thirunal






BOURNE & SHEPHERD Sri Moolam Thirunal, Maharaja of Travancore, c.1900www.bonhams.com