31. Railroad in the Preanger Regencies Java

Return to Previous Page

Product Description

Railroad in the Preanger Regencies Java c.1895

Antique school board of Spoorweg in de Preanger Regentschapen. No 31

This photograph depicting the Dutch East Indies were originally published as part of an information series for school children. It consisted of 170 educational prints and covered a diverse range of subjects, separated into two parts: numbers 1-150 depicted places and people in the Dutch East Indies and numbers 151-170 depicted places and people in the Dutch West Indies. The first 150 photographs of the collection are attributed to the photographer Jean Demmeni (1866-1939), whose pictures provided the Dutch public with some of the first photographic depictions of the colonies that they had read so much about. Demmeni was born in Padang Panjang in West Sumatra, the son of a native woman of the island of Madura and a Frenchman who had left his country to join the Dutch East Indies Army. Demmeni followed in his fatherʹs footsteps and, after technical training in Holland, entered the Third Infantry Regiment in 1887. He was seconded to the topographic unit of the armed forces and in 1894 was assigned as the official photographer to an expedition to Borneo led by Dr. A.W. Nieuwenhuis. Demmeni was then employed by the Topographical Service at Batavia from 1911 until 1920, after which he worked as a photographer at the Central Office of Dactyloscopy. In the biography of Jean Demmeni Indonesia: Image s of the Past (Singapore: 1987), Leo Haks described him as ʹone of the first photographersʹ to capture the islands of the Indonesian archipelago, and called his work a ‘vital contribution to Indonesian history and the art of photography’ which ʹprovides a comprehensive record of the Indonesian islands at the turn of the century, unmatched in its singular insightsʹ. This selection of photographs shows interesting details around the expansion of industries such as tobacco (a lucrative export) in the area, and the local processes of production. The group also records the religious influences in the region, showing Islamic and Christian presences in local communities. Islam had been established in Indonesia since the fourteenth century, and colonial European settlers had ushered in a new phase of Christian proselytising around the Pacific Ocean – one which was frequently characterised by notorious insensitivity towards the indigenous population. However, these photographs demonstrate the more tolerant educational interest being taken at the beginning of the twentieth century.

Measures: 72 x 60 cm. ( complete board )

Purchase code: Po0102

Price: 300 USD.

Product Enquiry

Product Enquiry

Related Products

Homme et Femme de Macassar, c.1750

Homme et Femme de Macassar, c.1750 Homme et Femme de Macassar ( J.v. Schley c.1750 ) Homme et Femme de Macassar, Macassaarsche Man en Vrouw. Atractive black and white coper engraving of a man and...

Antique Jakarta View c.1608 ~ SOLD

Jacatra nommeé depuis Batavia The earliest know view of Jakarta from the French reissue of the account of early Dutch voyages first published in 1608 by Isaac Commelin (1598-1676). The French translation was carried out...

Batavia seen from the sea ~ Heydt 1744

City of Batavia seen from the road stead or harbor. Ein prospect der Stadt Batavia, wie sich die selbe von der Reede oder dem Hafen profentiret. Interesting and very rare mid 18th century prospect of...

Sumatra Inhabitants, c.1598

Sumatra Inhabitants, c.1598 Sumatra Inhabitants ( Theodore De Bry c.1598 ) HABITVS MORESQVE INSV-/LAE SVMATRA INCOLARVM. 8. A rare early 17th century black and white print of the inhabitants of Sumatra by the German engraver...

Bantam Ancient Ruins ( Van der Velde 1844 )

Bantam Ancient Ruins ( Van der Velde 1844 ) Java. 12.  OVERBLŸFSELEN VAN DEN DALAM DER GEWEZEN SULTANS VAN BANTAM. RUINES DU DALAM DES ANCIENS SULTANS DE BANTAM. A very fine and detailed black and...

Indonesian Steveadore (Hardouin) -c.1847

Indonesian Steveadore (Hardouin) -c.1847 No title : Indonesian Steveadore A very fine mid-19th century water colour painting of an Indonesian steveadore by the gifted French artist Ernest Alfred Hardouin (1820 – 1854) who arrived in Batavia...

Menadoesch Bruid (Hardouin) -c.1847

Menadoesch Bruid (Hardouin) -c.1847 No official title but pencil title in bottom left-hand corner – Menadoesch bruid (bride) A very finely executed mid-19th century water colour painting of a Manadonese bride by the gifted French...

Bantam Wedding Ceremony, c.1598

Bantam Wedding Ceremony, c.1598 Bantam Wedding Ceremony ( Theodore De Bry c.1598 ) SOLEMNITAS NVPTIALIS/BANTAM INCOLARVM. 12. A rare early 17th century black and white print showing a marriage and wedding ceremony in the City...
Back to top