The Cleveland Museum of Art

Collection Online as of February 26, 2024

Ceylonese Woman

Ceylonese Woman

c. 1880s
(British, active Ceylon, 1876–1895)
(British, active 1860–1920)
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.)
Location: not on view

Did You Know?

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.
  • Bruno Tartarin, Photovintagefrance, Lorraine, France
    September 4, 2018
    the Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, OH
  • {{cite web|title=Ceylonese Woman|url=false|author=Scowen & Co., Skeen & Co.|year=c. 1880s|access-date=26 February 2024|publisher=Cleveland Museum of Art}}

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