A formal studio portrait of an Indian woman from Travancore. She is dressed in a sari with ornate gold jewellery, indicating she is from a high caste, and holds a handbag. She sits on a chair with one arm resting on top of a book on a side table with a flower arrangement. There is another book to her right on the floor. The photograph has been hand-painted with bright colours. Handwritten caption reads: A Travancore Lady.