Ceylonese Woman

Ceylonese Woman

c. 1880s

Scowen & Co.

(British, active Ceylon, 1876-1895)

or Skeen & Co.

(British, active 1860-1920)

Albumen print

Image: 14.4 x 9.5 cm (5 11/16 x 3 3/4 in.); Paper: 14.4 x 9.5 cm (5 11/16 x 3 3/4 in.)

Purchase from the Karl B. Goldfield Trust 2018.220

Fun Fact

Skeen & Co. and Scowen & Co., the two leading photographic establishments in Ceylon (now Sri Lanka) in the 1880s, rarely signed their work.


European photographers took portraits of the people of the colonized nations not for their subjects, but to sell them to governments as information, to tourists as aides memoires, and to “armchair tourists” as aids to the imagination.

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Type of artwork: 
Albumen print

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