A studio portrait of Raden Ayu, the young wife of the famous painter Raden Saleh, taken in Batavia around the year 1870. The maid to her left carries a spittoon, suggesting Raden Ayu chews betel leaf, as was fashionable among Indies natives during the time.
There are only a few copies of this extremely rare photograph scattered around collections of museums and institutions around the world such as the Tropenmuseum in Amsterdam and the National Museum in Berlin. Blinds-tamped in the lower right corner by Woodbury & Page.
Opening shop in 1857, Woodbury & Page developed a photography studio in Java that lasted until the early 20th century and became one of the most important photographic endeavours of the Dutch colonial era in Indonesia. Photographs of Woodbury & Page nowadays are much sought after by collectors.