Een toko in de oude stad van Batavia

Antique chromolithograph of the interior of a European style shop in Batavia showing customers and shop staff interacting with each other. The store seems to be a general goods store, selling among other things: dried meat, bowls, housewares, canned goods, and curiosities. A customer on the left is inspecting tins of goods while a native shop assistant stands beside him. A little girl inspects the contents of the glass display case and two Europeans are conversing on the right.

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
Interior of a Batavia shop
Publication Place / Date
Image Dimensions
Leiden / 1883
175 x 235 mm.
Product Price
Product Number
USD 125
SKU #P.0120