The Castle of Batavia, Andries Beeckman, c. 1661

The Castle of Batavia, Andries Beeckman, c. 1661

oil on canvas, h 108cm × w 151.5cm. More details

The market of Batavia, with the fortress of the Dutch East India Company in the background. There are Javanese selling fruit, a Chinese selling fish, and Mollucans kicking a rattan ball. The market public includes Japanese, Indonesians, ‘mardijkers’ (freed slaves recognizable by their striped clothes) and a Dutch–Indonesian couple with their slave carrying a pajoeng (parasol). The painting hung in the assembly room of the Oost-Indisch Huis in Amsterdam.

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