'A significant part of the visual record of Sri Lanka (Ceylon) in the 19th century consists of engraved illustrations published in newspaper and magazines. These engravings give an insight into many aspects of the island in that period: its physical features, people, occupations, dress, customs, monuments, fauna and flora, as well as historical events.

A meticulous search of newspaper archives in Britain, Sri Lanka and several other countries has resulted in the comprehensive collection of illustrations assembled in this book. They come from the pages of such pioneers in illustrated journalism as Britain's Illustrated London News and the Graphic as well as the more obscure or now long-forgotten sources, such as Muniandi, a humorous journal published in Colombo for a brief three years from 1869.

The pictures appear here along with the original captions and texts - some translated into English - which accompanied them. The author's notes giving additional information or bringing the information up to date, enhance the value of the reproduced illustrations and text.' - from the front flap

Includes a list of abbreviations of the sources of the engravings, and a glossary. With a short biography of the author.
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Onsite

author

R.K. DE SILVA

Location code REF.SIR4
Language

English

Publication/Creation date

1998

No of pages

404

ISBN / ISSN

9780951071021

No of copies

1

Content type

monograph

Chapter headings
Introduction
Peoples, Customs and Occupations
Historical Events
Leisure and Sports
Elephants: Kraals and Hunting
Towns and Buildings. Views. Natural History
19th Century Newspaper Engravings of Ceylon - Sri Lanka
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