Scope and Content of Collection
Title: Souvenir of Java
Date (inclusive): 1860-1890
Woodbury & Page
(88 photographic prints)
The Getty Research Institute
1200 Getty Center Drive, Suite 1100
Los Angeles, California, 90049-1688
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
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).
Open for use by qualified researchers.
Souvenir of Java, 1860-1890, Getty Research Institute, Research Library, Accession no. 2002.R.6
Acquired in 2002.
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.
Subjects - Topics
Borobudur (Temple : Magelang, Indonesia)
Candi Sewu (Prambanan, Indonesia)
Funeral rites and ceremonies--Indonesia--Jakarta
Lara Jonggrang (Temple : Prambanan, 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