Sinhalese Man

Sinhalese Man

c. 1880s

Scowen & Co.

(British, active Ceylon, 1876-1895)

or Skeen & Co.

(British, active 1860-1920)

Albumen print

Image: 14.1 x 9.1 cm (5 9/16 x 3 9/16 in.); Paper: 14.1 x 9.4 cm (5 9/16 x 3 11/16 in.)

Purchase from the Karl B. Goldfield Trust 2018.221


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Formally posed in a studio in profile, rather like a specimen, the image is more likely an anthropological study than a commissioned portrait.


The gentleman sports a Western jacket and shirt, but his distinctive hairstyle identifies him as Sinhalese, a people originally from northern India who now form the majority of the population of Sri Lanka.

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Type of artwork: 
Albumen print

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