G.P. Rouffaer

Gerrit Pieter Rouffaer (1860-1928) went to the Netherlands Indies in 1885, where he became interested, among other things, in the ancient art of Java. When he returned to the Netherlands, in 1890, he became assistant secretary of the Koninklijk Instituut voor de Taal-, Land- en Volkenkunde van Nederlandsch-Indië (KITLV). Between 1909 and 1911 he made a second journey to the Netherlands Indies, after which he became a member of the board of the KITLV. He is best known for his two-volume publication De batikkunst in Nederlandsch-Indië en haar geschiedenis (1914). In 1918 he also became a member of the board of the Society of Friends of Asiatic Art, attached to the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam. Read more.