Mount Ephraim or Lavinia Hotel, built for one of the governors' residence [near Colombo]
Photographer: Skeen and Company, William Henry Louis
Medium: Photographic print
Photograph of the Mount Lavinia Hotel, situated south of Colombo, the capital of Sri Lanka, taken by William Henry Louis Skeen & Co. in the 1870s. The view looks along the beach towards the hotel, which stands on a small headland a few miles outside the city, and was originally the residence of the former British Governor. The boats drawn up under the palm-trees are out-rigger canoes or catamarans which were originally a raft of three or four logs lashed together and whose name comes from the Tamil words 'Kattu' (binding) and 'Maram'(wood). On the beach there is also a bathing-machine to allow bathers to change their clothes whilst preserving their modesty.