River scene, near Kandy (Ceylon). 19 April 1870
Artist: Chevalier, Nicholas (1828-1902)
Medium: Pencil on paper
Pencil drawing of a river scene, near Kandy in Sri Lanka, by Nicholas Chevalier (1828-1902), dated 19th April 1870. The image is inscribed on the front in pencil: 'Near Kandy, Ceylon. 19.4.70. 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. Kandy is the site of the Temple of the Tooth (Dalada Maligawa), the most venerated shrine on the island which contains an important Buddhist relic held within an inner sanctuary, a tooth from Buddha himself.