Lot 4
Indonesian Art Sale 2018
Jacob Dirk van Herwerden (1806-1879)

Tropical forest landscape on Java with travellers passing a river

signed with initials and dated 'JD vH f 54' (lower left)

oil on panel, 25x32,5 cm

-Private collection, The Netherlands. The present owner and his late partner received the painting as a gift in the fifties from the widow of the partners uncle. This uncle was born in the Dutch Indies in 1909 and married after WW II in the Hague with his 30 years younger wife. The painting belonged to the uncle’s estate.

Jacob Dirk van Herwerden (Zutphen 1806 – The Hague 1879) went to Indonesia as an ordinary seaman in 1823. He joined the civil service and became Controller of Ngrawa, East Java, in 1834. From 1835 until 1840 he was Assistant Resident of Ngrawa, and from 1840 until 1844 Assistant Resident of Probolinggo. He became Resident of Madium in 1844, a post he held for the following four years. He returned to The Hague in 1848. During his stay in Indonesia he made numerous sketches which he later developed as small oil paintings in The Netherlands. He held a number of exhibitions in The Hague between 1853 and 1872, where many of these paintings of Indonesia were shown. The painting of this lot now in auction is dated 1854 and has probably been exhibited in The Hague. Source: J. Bastin, B. Brommer, 'Nineteenth century prints and illustrated books of Indonesia: with particular reference to the print collection of the Tropenmuseum, Amsterdam, a descriptive bibliography', Utrecht 1979, p. 320.

€ 3.000,00
€ 4.000,00
€ 22.000,00

Hamerprijs: € 22.000