Joseph LAWTON, Anuradhapura Enlarge 1 /1


1866 – 1872

  • Joseph Lawton ( fl 1860-c. 1872). English photographer active in Ceylon (now Sri Lanka). He went to Ceylon in the late 1850s and was employed in the firm of H. C. Bryde from early 1860 to 1866. By 1866 he had set up his own studio in Kandy, which because of its higher altitude was considered to have a climate more conducive than the capital, Colombo, for taking photographs. Like many of the 19th-century contemporary commercial photographers in Ceylon, Lawton offered a wide range of subjects in advertisements placed in the local press, including rural landscapes, scenes of the coffee plantation industry, the newly opened railway and portraits of diverse racial types within the indigenous population. He worked on teh archaeological ruins in 1871

Anuradhapura 1870-71 Description: Stone figure
Place made: Anuradhapura, Sri Lanka
Materials & Technique: photographs, albumen prints, albumen silver photograph Support: thin cream card

Dimensions: image 19.0 h x 14.6 w cm support 57.2 h x 44.0 w cm
Acknowledgement: Purchased 2007
Accession No: NGA 2007.81.83