Het Comediegebouw te Weltevreden

Antique chromolithograph of the Batavia Schouwburg or the Comediegebouw, a landmark fine arts theatre in Weltevreden by the Waterlooplein. Host to music concerts, dramatic plays, and even operatic works, the Schouwburg was the place to be for fine arts in Batavia. The building still stands and was renamed as Gedung Kesenian Jakarta after independence and continues to host artistic endeavours to this day.

Published in Leiden, the Netherlands, after a water drawing by J.C. Rappard,

Jhr. Josias Cornelis Rappard (1824-1898) was a colonel in the KNIL and a painter. During his posting in the Netherlands Indies 1842-1872, he painted and drew pictures of life and scenes in the Indies that were later, back in Leiden, The Netherlands, would be made into chromolithographs. The Royal Tropical Institute in Amsterdam holds a large number of these prints and collectors all over the world appreciate Rappard's classic watercolours.

Chromolithography was a popular method for colour printing in the 19th century because of its lower cost and relative ease to mass-produce. The process involves the use of stones and a chemical process to fasten images to the paper. High-end chromolithographs are hand-finished by an artist after the process to ensure the best possible fidelity in each copy.

This lithograph is part of a series, view all by clicking HERE

J.C. Rappard
Batavia Schouwburg / Waterlooplein in Weltevreden
Publication Place / Date
Image Dimensions
Leiden / 1883
175 x 235 mm.
Product Price
Product Number
USD 150
SKU #P.0101