6687. Ceylon in the 1870:s by W. L. H. Skeen

Object description
CEYLON. SKEEN, WILLIAM LOUIS HENRY (dead 1903). Album with about 290 mounted original photographs in various sizes, of people (both native and society, about 150) and views (about 140, of trains, coffe plantages and others), many from Colombo. Undated, but late 1860s - 1870s. Partly faded.
Folio. Defective binding, upper cover missing, lower loose, defective spine. Some of the photos with captions in pencil. Photo.

Many of the portraits of persons from society and others seems to be cut to ovales, there is about 150 portraits in all.
William Louis Henry Skeen (died 1903), Commercial photographer active in Ceylon (1860-1903). The firm of W.L.H. Skeen & Co. became the most successful in Ceylon by the 1870s and continued on under a number of different managers until about 1920.