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

Here we see the market of Batavia, with the fortress of the Dutch East India Company in the background. A Javanese is selling fruit, a Chinese fish, and Mollucans kick a rattan ball. The market public includes Japanese, Indonesians, ‘mardijkers’ – formerly enslaved people recognizable by their striped clothes – and a DutchIndonesian couple followed by a man held in slavery carrying a pajoeng (parasol). The painting hung in the assembly room of the Oost-Indisch Huis in Amsterdam.

On display in Philips wing, room 1.4

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