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Finding Aid for Souvenir of JAVA, 1860-1890
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Biographical/Historical Note
  • Administrative Information
  • Scope and Content of Collection
  • Indexing Terms

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Souvenir of Java
    Date (inclusive): 1860-1890
    Number: 2002.R.6
    Creator/Collector: Woodbury & Page
    Physical Description: 1.0 album(s) (88 photographic prints)
    The Getty Research Institute
    Special Collections
    1200 Getty Center Drive, Suite 1100
    Los Angeles, California, 90049-1688
    (310) 440-7390
    Abstract: This photograph album depicts events and sites in the city of Batavia (Jakarta) and surrounding countryside.
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    Language: Collection material is in English with some French

    Biographical/Historical Note

    The young Englishmen Walter B. Woodbury and James Page met while seeking their fortunes in the Australian goldrush the 1850s. In 1857 they traveled to Java and opened the Woodbury and Page portrait studio in Weltevreden, Batavia (now Jakarta). Although Page returned to England in 1860, and Woodbury returned in 1864, the firm Woodbury and Page existed in Java until 1901, run first by Woodbury's younger brothers (Henry James and Albert), and later by Adolf Groth. Woodbury's successful career in photography continued after his return to England. He is best known for inventing the Woodburytype process (photo-relief printing).

    Administrative Information


    Open for use by qualified researchers.

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    Preferred Citation

    Souvenir of Java, 1860-1890, Getty Research Institute, Research Library, Accession no. 2002.R.6

    Acquisition Information

    Acquired in 2002.

    Processing History

    Processed and cataloged by Beth Guynn; finding aid encoded by Holly Larson with grant funding from the Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR).

    Scope and Content of Collection

    This album includes views of the European and Chinese quarters of Batavia, and its canals and rivers. Scenes from the Chinese quarter (Glodok) include festivals and parades with floats and costumed figures, and the decorated coffin, funeral procession, and tomb of a local dignitary. There are portraits of indigenous officials and their retinues, and studio portraits and street shots of indigenous peoples including street vendors, gamelan orchestras, and theater troupes. Views of temple ruins include those on the Prambanan plain (Candi Lara Jonggrang and Candi Sewu), Borobudur, the large, free-standing sculptures of raksasa (giants) and other dieties from Singasari, and two views of the Kraton palace complex at Yogyakarta. There are also views of the countryside, hillside villages and plantations, processing plants, and natural landmarks such as the volcanoes at Tenger and Krakatoa. Most of the photographs are by Woodbury & Page; a few are attributed to Isidore van Kinsburgen. Also included are three studio portraits of North African people.
    The album has red full-leather covers.
    The photographs are numbered sequentially in their lower left corners up through number 79. Pages 80 through 88 are unnumbered. There are some modern pencil annotations on the mounts as noted; otherwise descriptions are provided by the cataloger.


    In original order.

    Indexing Terms

    Subjects - Topics

    Borobudur (Temple : Magelang, Indonesia)
    Buddhist temples--Indonesia
    Candi Sewu (Prambanan, Indonesia)
    Funeral rites and ceremonies--Indonesia--Jakarta
    Indigenous peoples--Indonesia
    Kraton Yogyakarta
    Lara Jonggrang (Temple : Prambanan, Indonesia)
    Parade floats--Indonesia

    Subjects - Places

    Indonesia--Description and travel--History--19th century
    Indonesia--Social life and customs--History--19th century
    Jakarta (Indonesia)--Description and travel
    Krakatoa (Indonesia)--Description and travel

    Genres and Forms of Material

    Albumen prints--Indonesia--19th century
    Studio portraits--Indonesia--19th century


    Kinsbergen, Isidore van, 1821-1905