Batavia landscape scene drawing by Willem Hofker - charcoal on paper

An extremely rare sketch by the famous Willem G. Hofker, showing a village scene in Batavia, nowadays Jakarta.

Sketches by Hofker, hand drawn and signed, showing old Batavia scenes are extremely rare, and hardly appear on the market, making this a unique opportunity for collectors of works by Hofker. 

Hofker, a student at the Academy of Fine Arts in Amsterdam, carried out a number of monumental decorative assignments during the 1920s, amongst others for the Koninklijke Nederlandsche Stoomvaart Maatschappij (KNSM) for whom he made a few mural paintings on ships. His reputation as a portrait painter was such that he received the assignment in 1936 to paint a portrait of Queen Wilhemina for the head office of the Koninklijke Pakketvaart Maatschappi (KPM), the Royal Packet Navigation Company in Batavia. In 1938 the couple accompanied the painting to the Dutch East Indies and concluded with a trip through the archipelago, ending up in Bali. During this trip, they made drawings and paintings of Indonesian subjects that could be reproduced and used by the KPM. The Hofkers socialized with many painters, including Spies, Strasser, Meyer and their good friend Rudolf Bonnet. In 1940 the couple moved to Ubud and today, many of his paintings are exhibited in the ARMA and the Neka Museum in Ubud.

Willem G. Hofker
Batavia Java village Scene charcoal on paper by Willem Hofker
Publication Place / Date
Image Dimensions
Batavia / 1938 (Signed and dated)
32 by 20 cm.
Product Price
Product Number
USD 4,800
SKU #P.1904