Government House, Kandy (Ceylon).
Photographer: Fiebig, Frederick
Medium: Photographic print
Photograph by Frederick Fiebig from an album of 70 handcoloured salt prints, showing the Government House at Kandy in Sri Lanka (Ceylon). Kandy, a cultural and spiritual centre of the country, is 72 miles inland from Colombo in the central hill region. It was the capital from the 15th century until the British take-over in 1815. Of the photographer, Frederick Fiebig, we know little apart from the fact that of German origin, he was an artist and lithographer in Calcutta, publishing a number of prints in the 1840s. He turned to photography in the late 1840s, using the calotype process and producing prints that were frequently hand-coloured. His photographs include hundreds of views of Calcutta, and views of Madras, Sri Lanka, Mauritius and Cape Town. The East India Company purchased a set of his hand-coloured views in 1856.