The Battle of Waterloo

Jan Willem Pieneman, 1824, painting, SK-A-1115

Emperor Napoleon met his final defeat at the Battle of Waterloo in 1815. This painting – the largest at the Rijksmuseum – shows the moment when the tide turned: the British general Wellington hears that the Prussian army is approaching. Victory, and an end to twenty years of war, is at hand. The…

On display in room 1.12

Girl in a White Kimono

George Hendrik Breitner, 1894, painting, SK-A-3584

Inspired by Japanese prints, Breitner painted at least twelve versions of this girl in a white kimono around 1894. Each time, her pose is different and the kimono is a different colour. Here the embroidered white silk kimono with red trimmed sleeves and orange belt are what draw our attention. The…

On display in room 1.18

Javaanse hoffunctionarissen

anonymous, c. 1820 - c. 1870, painting, NG-2010-38

Clothes make the man, so too in Indonesia. These are not actual portraits, but types. In addition to revealing the region these men come from, the meticulously painted clothes and batik motifs also provide information about their rank and status. These proud, confident figures are unusual: in…

On display in room 1.17

Cows in the Meadow

Gerard Bilders, 1860 - 1865, painting, SK-A-2264

Pakhuizen aan een Amsterdamse…

Willem Witsen, 1885 - 1922, painting, SK-A-2952

Woodland Pond at Sunset

Gerard Bilders, c. 1862, painting, SK-A-3072

On display in room 1.18

Shipwreck off a Rocky Coast

Wijnand Nuijen, c. 1837, painting, SK-A-4644

On display in room 1.14

Portrait of Johan Rudolf Thorbecke,…

Johan Heinrich Neuman, 1852, painting, SK-A-4120

Kakemono familie Cock Blomhoff

anonymous, 1817 - 1825, NG-1972-17