Sculpted in white marble, perhaps Carrara, it depicts an important Indian nobleman, Diwan Bahadur P. Somasundram Chettiar - founder The Kaleeswarar Mills LTD, Coimbatore - wearing a number of decorations. Measuring 85 cm x 110 cm x h. 168 cm, the piece was produced and is signed "BY M.S. NAGAPPA, MADRAS, 1928", one of the most important Indian sculptors.
M.S. Nagappa inherited his sculptural talent from his ancestors. During his career as an artist, he depicted important English and Indian personalities, governors and Maharajas in the first few decades of the twentieth-century.
On occasion of the Silver Jubilee, Nagappa sculped King George V, a piece which is currently at the War Memorial. The King puplicly honoured him with the title Rao Bahadur, "honorary prince".