Scenery near Newerra Ellia, Ceylon.
Photographer: Fiebig, Frederick
Medium: Photographic print
Photograph by Frederick Fiebig from an album of 70 handcoloured salt prints, showing scenery near Nuwara Eliya in Sri Lanka (Ceylon). Fiebig, of German origins, was active in Calcutta as an artist and lithographer in the 1840s. Little is known about his life, but turning to photography in the late 1840s he produced hundreds of photographs by the calotype process, frequently handcolouring them. His photographs of Ceylon, probably taken in 1852, are considered the earliest surviving photographic record of the island. Located in the heart of Sri Lanka's hill country at 1889 ms or 6199 feet, Nuwara Eliya was the favourite hill station of the British, who constructed it in their own image, a reminder of village England. Before the onset of British rule in 1815 it was a royal estate of the Kandyan King. The rolling hills are carpeted with the lush green of tea plantations.