Travel & Exploration Sale Online / SRI LANKA - PHOTOGRAPHY ALBUM Album of photographs of Ceylon, with a journal, by Frederic William Bois, c.1900-1907
£4,000 - £6,000
FINE ALBUM OF 169 PLATINUM PHOTOGRAPHS OF SRI LANKA taken by Frederic W. Bois (1848-1921), whose family had been involved in trade in Sri Lanka /Ceylon from the 1860s, was a fine amateur photographer who had exhibited images at the Paris Exhibition of 1900.
Subjects include views of Kandy and Colombo, local inhabitants and villages, street scenes and factories, ancient temples and antiquities, landscapes with bridges, shipping activities, and also colonial houses and family members. Bois's journal describes family trips made by motor car (shown in 4 images) in Sri Lanka, including a lengthy account of oyster and pearl fishing, undertaken by local fishermen, but also Arabs from Persian Gulf.
Provenance: Winifred Bois, signed and dated 1906; C.J. Hurd-Wood, ownership label, both on front free endpaper.