WOODBURY (WALTER BENTLEY) and JAMES PAGE Two albums of topographical views and portraits, together with 29 loose photographs
Lot 345
JAVA WOODBURY (WALTER BENTLEY) and JAMES PAGE. Two albums comprising a total of 60 topographical views and portraits in Java, predominantly in and around Batavia, 1887-88 (2); together with 29 loose photographs, also from the Woodbury & Page studio, a few captioned in manuscript in pencil on the verso/mount, c.1870 and later (21)
Sold for £11,875 (US$ 18,963) inc. premium

Lot Details
DUTCH EAST INDIES WOODBURY (WALTER BENTLEY) and JAMES PAGE. Two albums comprising a total of 60 topographical views and portraits in Java, predominantly in and around Batavia DUTCH EAST INDIES WOODBURY (WALTER BENTLEY) and JAMES PAGE. Two albums comprising a total of 60 topographical views and portraits in Java, predominantly in and around Batavia DUTCH EAST INDIES WOODBURY (WALTER BENTLEY) and JAMES PAGE. Two albums comprising a total of 60 topographical views and portraits in Java, predominantly in and around Batavia DUTCH EAST INDIES WOODBURY (WALTER BENTLEY) and JAMES PAGE. Two albums comprising a total of 60 topographical views and portraits in Java, predominantly in and around Batavia DUTCH EAST INDIES WOODBURY (WALTER BENTLEY) and JAMES PAGE. Two albums comprising a total of 60 topographical views and portraits in Java, predominantly in and around Batavia WOODBURY (WALTER BENTLEY) and JAMES PAGE Two albums of topographical views and portraits, together with 29 loose photographs
JAVA
WOODBURY (WALTER BENTLEY) and JAMES PAGE. Two albums comprising a total of 60 topographical views and portraits in Java, predominantly in and around Batavia, albumen prints, 34 with photographers' blindstamp in bottom right corner "W&P. Photographieen van Ned Indië. Batavia", album views mounted one per page on recto only, images typically 180 x 240mm., half morocco, "Voyage Autour du Monde, 1887-88, Java" stamped in gilt on upper covers, albums identified by roman numerals "I" and "II", oblong folios (330 x 415mm.), 1887-88 (2); together with 29 loose photographs, also from the Woodbury & Page studio, a few captioned in manuscript in pencil on the verso/mount, [c.1870 and later] (21)

Footnotes

  • Comprising: Album I - Comprising 32 predominantly topographical blindstamped images of views in Batavia and Buitenzorg. Including: a view of the Harmonie Clubhouse (set up in 1776 by the Governor General De Klerk - and central to the social lives of Batavia's European community - it was demolished by the municipality of Jakarta in 1985); a view of, what is thought to be, the Merderka Palace; the Buitenzorg Palace with giant lillies in the foreground; a still life of tropical fruit; other botanical studies, including view of Banyan trees; a group portrait of Javanese fisherman beside a river; two views of, possibly, the Tjiwedei crater; Javanese men with buffalo drawn carts on the road from Tjikao to Tjpada Larag, West Java; "The bridge over the old moat," a view from Culemborg lookout, looking east at the bridge which connected the old port with the road to Batavia, 100m south of the Kleine Boom and Stads Herberg; a view of, what looks to be, Kali Besar or Pintu Kecil (China Town); Molenvliet Ooost with canal to the right; a family home on Molenvliet Oost; a view of the front courtyard of The Hotel Des Indies, and a view of, what is thought to be, Gunung Sahari road including the canal.

    Album II - Comprising 28 images, predominantly portraits, two of which are blindstamped. Including: a view of Javanese workers outside the main entrance to the Grand Hotel Java; a female Javanese dancer with musicians; a fine view of men beside a canal(?), one doing laundry; a group portrait of police, including two Javanese officers; two group portraits of women in/beside a river with boulders; two men posing with a horse drawn cart; a 'close-up' portrait of two children with a sewing machine in the background; a woman with a baby; lily pads; four portraits of young women; two young labourers; Chinese street vendors; a family at a table; a Gamelan ensemble and dancer, and a young woman dressed as a warrior(?), and another image of her with a basket of corn.

    The loose photographs include: an early view of men, possibly vendors of some sort, outside the Daendel's Palace; a view looking south along Kali Besar (west) (2); another view of Javanese men with buffalo drawn carts on the Tjikao/Tjpada Larang road; an unidentified Western man on the porch of a house; a view of Tanah Abang, Batavia (2); Belle Vue, Buitenzorg; an avenue Molenvliet showing a group of Western inhabitants, one with, what looks to be, a Javanese wife; a Gamelan ensemble, one with a female dancer in traditional dress (3); a group portrait of Javanese men in uniform; a view of a pass with two figures atop horses in the distance, and a group portrait of women playing cards.
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