Antique Print of the Batavia Sea Insurance Office (c.1918) – SOLD


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Antique Print of the Batavia Sea Insurance Office (c.1918).

A most attractive engraving of a pen and ink drawing by an artist with the initials W.O.J.N., believed to be Wijnand Otto Jan Nieuwenkamp (1874-1950) of the Office of Batavische Zee & Brand Asurantie My (Batavia Sea Insurance Office) taken from the south side of the bridge over the Kali Besar, in Pasar Baru, Batavia around 1918-1919. Nieuwenkamp was a painter, draftsman, sculptor, etcher, lithographer and designer of book covers. In addition, he was known as a writer, architect, explorer, ethnologist and collector of east Asian art. He was the first European artist to visit Bali, being greatly influenced by and himself influencing the island’s art and culture, and making it better known in the wider world.

The Netherlands 1874 – Italy 1950

Indonesia 1898, 1904, 1906-7 India, 1913-14 Italy from 1920
Aan de Kali Besar te Batavia [On the Main Canal in Batavia]

Materials & Technique: prints, intaglio etching, printed in brown ink
Primary Insc: sig. l.r. pencil “W. O. J. Nieuwenkamp” title printed lower c. “Aan de Kali Besar te Batavia” [On the Main Canal in Batavia] printed l.l. “Niet in den handel” [Not for sale] printed l.l. “Uitgevoerd in opdracht van het Kantoor Sluyters & Co Batavia”

Condition: Very Good
Measures: 39.3 x 47.5 cm.
Purchase Code: P2052