Description: Antique print titled 'Batavia in 't Verschiet'. Attractive panorama view of Batavia, the pearl of the east. The bird eye's view shows the roadstead of the city, filled with VOC East Indiamen and Asian trading ships. The ship's reflections are mirrored in the water. Clearly visible are the Water Kasteel [Water Castle], the Hollandse kerk (Dutch Church), the Stadhuis (Town Hall), the tower of the gouvernement, and the Portuguese Church. This print originates from 'Oud en Nieuw Oost-Indiën' by F. Valentijn.
Artists and Engravers: François Valentijn (1666-1727), a missionary, worked at Amboina from 1684 to 1694 and 1705 to 1713 and travelled extensively in the VOC's lands.
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