George de Alwis (dates
Tawny Rajah (Charaxes psaphon), Westwood, c.1874-1878.
Watercolour on paper, 255 x 168 mm.
The two brothers William and George de Alwis drew many of
the butterflies and moths that were found in Ceylon (Sri Lanka)
at the end of the nineteenth century. A number of authors
were so impressed by the accuracy and delicacy of the brothers
artwork that they reproduced many of the watercolours in their
drawings from the De Alwis Collection