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Scowen & Co. Views of Sri Lankan archaeological sites
97.R.51  
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Description
The collection comprises views of structures and sculptures in Sri Lanka from the sites of Anuradhapura and Polonnaruwa. The twelve photographs of Anuradhapura are by Charles Thomas Scowen. The photographs of Polonnaruwa were likely all taken by Joseph Lawton. The photographs were taken shortly after the rediscovery of these important Buddhist monuments, but before official excavations were begun by the Archaeological Department of Ceylon in the 1890s.
Background
Charles T. Scowen (1852-1948) arrived in Sri Lanka as an assistant to R. Edley, a commission agent, in 1873. In 1876 he established his first photographic studio, Scowen & Co., in Kandy, and by 1885 he had opened a studio in Colombo. Scowen & Co., which was especially known for its flower and plant studies, was active until the mid-1890s when Colombo Apothecaries Co. acquired its entire negative stock. Scowen, who appears to have become a proprietary tea planter for a time in Sri Lanka, died in Sudbury, England.
Extent
1.5 Linear Feet (1 box: 24 albumen prints)
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Availability
Open for use by qualified researchers.