Description: Plate XXVII.: ‘Molukschen Archipel – De Vallei Batoe-Gadjah. Omstreken van Ambon.’ This plate shows a view of the Batoe-Gadjah Valley near Ambon on the Maluku Islands, Indonesia.
This original lithograph originates from: ‘Gezigten uit Neerlands Indie, naar de natuur geteekend en beschreven.’, by C.W.M. van de Velde, published in Amsterdam, Frans Buffa en Zonen (1844-1845). A very beautiful and luxuriously illustrated work on Indonesia.
Artists and Engravers: Charles William Meredith van de Velde (1818-1898) was a Dutch Navy officer, painter and mercenary. Van de Velde drew the drawings whilst he was a midshipman on the ZM Triton and later when he was working in Batavia for the Commission for the Improvement of Maps and Charts of Indonesia. He had the ambition to reproduce the beauty of Indonesian landscapes, in which he was inspired by the artists and other members of the French scientific expedition under Dumont D’Urville. Frans Buffa en Zonen was at that time the most famous lithographic workshop in Amsterdam. All 50 plates were carefully lithographed by the reknown Belgian lithographer Paulus Lauters (1806-1876), who also had worked for Goubau’s lithographic printing office in Brussels. In 1836, when the Royal School for Engraving was founded by Antoine Dewasme at Brussels, Lauters was appointed professor of drawing.
- Date: 1844
- Technic: Crayon style lithograph on a vellin type paper.
- Overall size: 20,3 x 13,4 inch
- Image size: 13 x 11,4 inch
- Condition: Excellent. General age related toning and some light foxing. Small imperfections at paper edge. Top paper edge irregular from binding.
- PartNumber: PCT-24112
- Storage Location: (BG) B45-37