Paleis van de gouverneur-generaal aan het Koningsplein

Antique chromolithograph of the new Governor-General Palace facing the Koningsplein in the old Batavia. This was built after the old palace was deemed too small for the administration of the Dutch East Indies. Today, the building still stands and is part of the Presidential Palaces complex. It is called Istana Merdeka and used as both the residence and office of the President of Indonesia.

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.



J.C. Rappard
The new Governor-General Palace in the Koningsplein Batavia
Publication Place / Date
Image Dimensions
Leiden / 1883
175 x 235 mm.
Product Price
Product Number
USD 150
SKU #P.0104