Circa 1897 (a Sri Lankan scene, printed later).
The photograph has recently been hinge-mounted and matted with archival material, ready for framing.
Signed on the lower right of the image, with the title in pencil on the original mount. Reproduced in NEWTON, Gael: 'John Kauffmann, Art Photographer' (NGA, 1996), page 37 (this print, which also appeared in the accompanying travelling exhibition, 'Soft but True'). Provenance: from the family of John Kauffmann, by descent (sold by Sotheby's Australia, 24 July 1988); private collection, Sydney. Adelaide-born John Kauffmann (1864-1942), a pioneering photo-impressionist, spent a decade in Europe studying art and photography. On his return to Adelaide in 1897, he immediately interested himself in the South Australian Photographic Society. The Society held several important exhibitions in the early 1900s, and due partly to Kauffmann's influence, art photography came of age in Australia; the young Harold Cazneaux for instance was inspired by these exhibitions. A comprehensive collection of material from Kauffmann's estate is on our website.