Photographs of Sri Lanka

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At A Glance

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  • Creator

    Scowen & Co.
  • Dates

    circa 1880s
  • Physical Description

    3 Prints (albumen)
  • Collection ID


  • Scope and Contents

    Three albumen prints by the studio of Scowen & Co., circa 1880s, depicting a lake in Kanda, a group of Kandyan chiefs, and T.B. Panabokka and his family. Panabokka was the Kandyan member of the Legislative Council.
  • Biographical / Historical

    British photographer Charles T. Scowen arrived in Ceylon (now Sri Lanka) in the early 1870s, where he was first employed as a clerk. By 1876, Scowen had established a studio, Scowen & Co., in Kandy, with a second location appearing in Columbo by the 1890s. There appear to have been several Scowens working in the studios, as Charles T. Scowen returned to England in 1885. C. Scowen was listed as the proprietor until 1891 and M. Scowen was the proprietor when the firm was finally sold in 1893. Images from Scowen & Co. were used to illustrate a number of books about Ceylon and the tea trade.
  • Local Numbers

    FSA A1994.05
  • Photographer

    Scowen & Co.
  • Place

    Kandy (Sri Lanka)
    Sri Lanka (Ceylon) -- Kandy -- Kandy
  • Topic

    Families -- Sri Lanka
  • Container

    Box 1
  • Custodial History

    Purchase, 1994.
  • Archival Repository

    Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives
  • Type

    Collection descriptions
    Archival materials
    Landscapes (representations)
    Albumen prints
  • Citation

    Photographs of Sri Lanka. FSA.A1994.05. National Museum of Asian Art Archives. Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C.
  • Arrangement

    One flat box.
  • Rights

    Permission to publish, quote, or reproduce must be secured from the repository.
  • Genre/Form

    Landscapes (representations) -- Ceylon
    Albumen prints
  • Restrictions

    Collection is open for research.

Repository Contact

Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives
National Museum of Asian Art Archives
Washington, D.C. 20013