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Commercial, Sri Lanka
First listed, as a resident of Kandy, in 1846.[1] At Badulla 1847-48, Batticaloa 1849. Not listed 1850.
Daguerreotype artist in Colombo and Kandy in about 1844. The periodical Young Ceylon noted in 1850 that his daguerreotypes had not lasted well:
Six years ago, a Mr Barrow established himself in Colombo and Kandy, as Daguerreotype artist, and many persons had their likeness taken by him, which cost them from £4 to £10 each - but in a short time almost every one of them became defaced and obscure, and are laid aside as of no use. The undersigned has qualified himself and restored many of them to their original state, so to continue - for the small fee of 7s 6d for small and plain ones - and 10s for larger with ornamental background - for more than two belonging to a family an allowance will be made. Apply at Mr Phebus’s shop, Baillie Street, Fort - where the undersigned will be found on Mondays and Thursdays and where portraits may be left with the address of the owner. JOHN VANDERSTRAATEN, Jr.[2]

  1. Λ The Ceylon Almanac and Compendium of useful information for the year for 1846
  2. Λ Young Ceylon, 1(1), 23. The Ceylon Times of February 12 1850 (not seen) also apparently carries an article about Vanderstraaten and his restoration of daguerreotypes. 

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