J. van Schley (1740) Batavia pogrom. Massacre of Chinese. Jakarta East Indies


J.V. Schley after Bellin

Tableau de la partie de Batavia, ou s'est fait proprement le terrible Massacre des Chinois, le 9 October 1740 [View of the suburb of Batavia where the terrible massacre of the Chinese took place, October 9, 1740

Size: 21.0 x 29.0cm, 8.25 x 11.25 inches

Bird's-eye view of a part of the city of Batavia where fighting and houses in the foreground are on fire, during the Chinese murder of 1740

In the foreground a number of neck-gabled houses, crowned by a reclining moon, are on fire; In the foreground right, some men are loading cannons aimed at the largest house in the row, over the house of the Chinese captain; On the street in front of these houses, a crowd of people in European and Oriental attire are clashing with each other using pistols, knives and clubs; Many people float in the canal next to this street; Fighting is also taking place in nearby streets and people are floating in the canals; To the right is a large building bearing the letter A, Batavia's town hall; Horsemen and soldiers are lined up here; In the background the lands outside the city are depicted. 

The 1740 Batavia massacre (Dutch: Chinezenmoord, literally "Murder of the Chinese"; French: Meurtre des Chinois, literally "Murder of the Chinese"; Indonesian: Geger Pacinan, meaning "Chinatown Tumult") was a pogrom in which Dutch East Indies soldiers and native collaborators killed ethnic Chinese residents of the port city of Batavia (present-day Jakarta) in the Dutch East Indies. The violence in the city lasted from 9 October 1740 until 22 October, with minor skirmishes outside the walls continuing late into November that year. Historians have estimated that at least 10,000 ethnic Chinese were massacred; just 600 to 3,000 are believed to have survived.

Condition: excellent. Wide margins. Vertical folds are as issued.

Excellent condition on fine strong laid paper.