Collodion print, 1870s to 1890
With "Scowen & Co. Ceylon" and the title printed in the negative, at the bottom of the print. Interestingly, above these attributions is visible the same information (probably originally handwritten in the negative), but inked out. Scowen & Co. was begun by Charles T. Scowen, a British photographer who worked in Sri Lanka and Ceylon beginning in 1873. Scowen arrived in Ceylon in 1873 when he was employed as an assistant to R. Edley, a Commission Agent. His love of the beauty of the country lured him from his job with Edley and he opened his first studio in Kandy in 1876. He photographed extensively throughout India and Ceylon for the next 20 years. His work is widely collected, and is in such institutions as the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the British Library.