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Envelope addressed to Dr W.G.N. van der Sleen containing photographs made by him in 1929 in Amboina, Dobo, Palu and Makassar, 1929

Identifier: Or. 25.188 IV 1

Scope and Contents

From the Collection:

The collection includes original photographs and watercolours by Walter Spies, the famous German born painter, musician, photographer and Bali expert.

Walter Spies was born in Moscow 1895 and died 19 January 1942 on the sinking ship the ‘von Imhoff’, on its way to British India. Spies was active in Java from 1923 and in Bali from 1927 until his internment in May 1940 by the Dutch authorities, due to his German citizenship. The collection consists further of photographs, correspondence, manuscript and printed documentation in relation to Walter Spies and to Mrs Van Wessem curatorship at the Bali Museum in Denpasar.

The collection was registered in 1999 under the classmark Or. 25.188.


  • Creation: 1929


Language of Materials

German, English, Dutch

Physical Description

18 black-&-white photographs of various sizes.


Annotated in pencil on reverse.

Repository Details

Part of the Leiden University Libraries Archives & Collections Repository

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