Skip to main content

Timber scenery, 1867

Reference Code: GBR/0115/RCS/Y303A/9

Scope and Contents

266 x 237 mm. View looking along a section of line running through deep jungle near Yattegamme, with Europeans and Singhalese posed beneath a large bo tree: ‘A little beyond Yattegamme on the right side of the line is a truly magnificent Bo-tree (ficus religiosa), one of the grandest specimens we should say in Ceylon. It doubtless marks the site of a very ancient Buddhist temple, founded, perhaps at a period when the climate on the banks of the Maha Oya permitted the protracted and healthy residence of human beings. This ancient giant of the forest has a trunk 75 feet in circumference, while the overshadowing branches cover an immense area of minor forest. Messrs. Slinn's large-sized photograph of this glorious tree is a great success and will be highly prized by botanists as well as all interested in the Railway. The bursts of light through the dense foliage have a striking effect; and the human figures, stalwart Europeans and lithe Natives, are so placed as fully to exhibit the vast proportions of the tree’, (p. 7).


  • Creation: 1867


Conditions Governing Access

From the Fonds:

Unless restrictions apply, the collection is open for consultation by researchers using the Manuscripts Reading Room at Cambridge University Library. For further details on conditions governing access please contact Information about opening hours and obtaining a Cambridge University Library reader's ticket is available from the Library's website (

Language of Materials


Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

Fair condition, some overall fading.

Finding aid date

2015-09-08 11:41:48+00:00

Includes index.

Repository Details

Part of the Cambridge University Library Repository

Cambridge University Library
West Road
Cambridge CB3 9DR United Kingdom