Description: TRAVEL - EAST INDIES - GERICKE, J.P.F. Scheepsjournaal van J.P.F Gericke van een reis van het fregatschip Hendrika naar Oost-indië, 1852. Autograph logbook of the voyage of the frigate 'Hendrika' to the East Indies with Captain P. Admiraal, dated from 10 November 1852 till 2 April 1853. Unlined notebook with 38 pages, double sided in pen and ink, illustrated between the text with 15 sketches in pencil of views of the coastlines and one of the ship in the storm, titled 'De Hendrika op 8 December' Folio. Handling creases. Together with: Sketchbook with numerous original watercolours of views on coastlines of Africa, Indonesia, Gibraltar, isles, villages, ships and other subjects. Cardboard sketchbook with c. 30 pp. with drawings and watercolours. Handling creases, lacks spine.
Dimensions: Sketchbook size 25 x 19 cm.
Artist or Maker: EAST INDIES - GERICKE, J.P.F.
Provenance: Collection of the family Gericke
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J.P.F. Gericke was the resident of Banjoemas, Central Java, Indonesia, and came back to Holland due to illness (Leidsch Dagblad 20-11-1877). The watercolours he made during his 1852 voyage to Batavia are stunning, in the sketchbook as well as in the logbook. The logbook contains the sole remaining contemporary image of the ship 'Hendrika', until now only known from a bowl belonging to a tea set in the collection of the 'Historisch Museum', Rotterdam. (N.B. The following journey of captain Piet Admiraal was also his last, the ship heading for Bandoeng again wrecked 3 December 1854 (cf. W.A. Poort. Van uitreis tot uitvaart [sic!]. De ondergang van het fregatschip Hendrika)). Thanks to his extensive report, his style and his honesty this treasure offers a rare insight in the feelings of a high-ranking official sailing the seas. But first of all it stands out because of the illustrations. The very fine watercolours were probably made ashore after sketches he made on the boat (also for 'het slingeren). This descendant of the Dutch branch of the family of Otto Guericke leaves behind a unique registration of the coastlines from Europe to Borneo masterly made on the eve of photography. His full-page watercolours of different subjects add to the conclusion that we are looking at the work of a very talented man. Extraordinary document.