We are grateful to Dr. Marie-Odette Scalliet for her assistance in cataloguing this work.
Jacob Dirk van Herwerden was a civil servant in the Dutch East Indies from 1831-47. The date on the reverse, which appears to read 1853 or 1856, dates the work to the time after Herwerden returned to the Netherlands and took up painting, based on his earlier studies. The view is towards Mount Semeru, an active volcano and the highest peak in Java.
The panel is flat, even, and ensuring a stable support. Inspection under ultra-violet light reveals areas of cosmetic retouching in the sky, some of which are also visible to the naked eye, and some minor spots in the mountains in the right hand side of the composition. Otherwise, this work is in overall good condition and could benefit from a professional clean.
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