View of the Mahaveliganga River and Hunasgiria Park (Ceylon). 18 April 1870
Artist: Chevalier, Nicholas (1828-1902)
Medium: Pencil on paper
Pencil drawing of the Mahaveliganga River and Hunnasgiriya Park, near Kandy in Sri Lanka dated 18th April 1870. This image is inscribed on the front in pencil 'Hunasgeria Pk. Mahavillaganga Rr. 18.4.70. N. Chevalier.'
Sri Lanka was a Portuguese colony from the late 16th Century until it was overruled by the Dutch; a colony which lasted until the arrival of the British in the late 18th century. The hill country capital of Kandy was the last kingdom to succumb to foreign rule, to the British in 1815. The Hunnasgiriya Hills, near Kandy, are the site of a large state owned tea plantation and a sanctuary for wild-life, particularly butterflies and orchids.