Tawny Rajah by De Alwis

George de Alwis (dates unknown)
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 books.


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Additional drawings from the De Alwis Collection