'The Dutch were the second of the three European powers whose occupying presence had far-reaching effects on Sri Lankan life and culture.

Dr R K de Silva, whose pioneering Early Prints of Ceylon (Sri Lanka) 1800-1900 was published in 1985, here turns his attention to this period of history. Together with Drs W G M Beumer, he presents a fascinating record of Sri Lanka over the two centuries of the island's connection with the Netherlands.

The book is primarily a pictorial reference, complemented by extensive excerpts from original texts and well-researched notes. The illustrations are from contemporary publications by such historians as Baldaeus and Valentijn, while the paintings and drawings are by varied artists and VOC draughtsmen. Besides an abundance of topographical sketches there are pictures depicting the flora and fauna, customs, occupations, dress, and portraits of Dutch officials.

The 17th and 18th century books from which extracts have been selected are available to but a few. Some 150 paintings and drawings are reproduced here in colour for the first time alongside about 250 illustrations in black and white; many of them, besides being valuable as historical evidence, are of high artistic merit.' - from the front flap

Includes a list of abbreviations and glossary. With short biographies of the authors.

Please note that Early Prints of Ceylon (Sri Lanka) 1800 - 1900 by R K de Silva is also in AAA's collection.
Alternative title

A Comprehensive Work of Pictorial Reference with Selected Eye-witness Accounts

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Onsite

Location code REF.SIR4
Language

English

Keywords

historyprintmakingarchiveSri Lanka

Publication/Creation date

1988

No of pages

495

ISBN / ISSN

0951071017, 9004089799

No of copies

1

Content type

anthology

Chapter headings
1. Establishment of Dutch Power, 1602-58
2. Dutch Occupation, Administration and Influence
The VOC in Ceylon: A Brief Survey
Politics and Trade
Early Sinhalese and Dutch Administrations
Religion, Education and Printing
Glimpses of Dutch Life and Times
Dutch Architecture in Sri Lanka

- Ronald LEWCOCK

The Forts
The Three Commandments
Coats of Arms
Cities and Environs
Batticaloa
Trincomalee
Galle
Matara
Kalutara
Colombo
Negombo
Mannar
Hammenhiel/Jaffna
Kandy
Customs, Occupations, Dress, Flora and Fauna
Governors and Generals
3. Authors, Artists and Illustrators
Illustrations and Views of Dutch Ceylon 1602-1796
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