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 Paintings by J.L. Kalenberg Van Dort
   J.L.K. Van Dort had an instinctive artistry and what he drew he did for the sheer joy of drawing. The young Van Dort was schooled at the Colombo Academy where his head-teacher described him as a prodigy and a genius. ‘Art’ was not a part of a school curriculum in that period of our educational system, so he had no formal training in drawing and painting. JLK was essentially an illustrator, thinking in terms of black and white, with pen and pencil as his chosen instruments. He rarely used oil and it is said that water colour had really little attraction for him. Sometimes he reinforced his drawings with wash. Wherever he went on journeys his note book and sketch book always accompanied him. As he sat in a railway carriage he would with a few swift lines and smudges unerringly record what he saw and what specially attracted his eye, catching the passing incident or scene. Sometimes along a rustic road he would perch himself on a rock or embankment and interpret the atmosphere. Rural life and ritual sports, palanquins and bullock carts, a rickshaw wallah or horse drawn carriage — were featured in many of his sketches. The social scene on Galle Face Green carried in caricature personages of the day, legal luminaries and senior colonial officers, ladies of society in their crinolines and bonettes. A collection vast and varied rests in the National Museum of Colombo of the people of mid 19th century Ceylon. His love of satore led him to contribute to local comic papers such as ‘Muniand’ and ‘Young’ Ceylon’. He contributed to several journals, magazines and newspapers. In 1868 he sketched a series of law-court characters for A.M. Ferguson’s ‘Souvenirs of The visit of the Duke of Edinburgh to Ceylon’, a pictorial record for us of a later generation, for his impressions of the social life of Ceylon at the time are a valuable commentary and way of life. JLK loved the country he was destined to live in and his work is a legacy for us to visualize what was and to keep record. J. B. Siebel a class mate of JLK later wrote how, ‘his friend had great delight to draw pictures of horses and also of soldiers’. This is seen in a painting of water colours which will be on display at the forthcoming Exhibition of the Dawson Monument Kadugannawa, titled ‘A halt of the Ceylon Rifles on route to Kandy’. J.L.K. Van Dort was born on the 28 July 1831 and married, as mentioned, Cornelia Henrietta Spittel. They had two children, Grace, born 30 September 1861 and Ernest Francis 23 January 1865, both of whom inherited their father’s talent — though they had not his prodigious output. From HomeHome    SearchSearch    PrintPrint    Login - User: anonymousLogin    Add BookmarkAdd Bookmark

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Belfry of the fort of Colombo by J.L. Kalenberg Van Dort
Belfry of the fort of Colombo by J.L. Kalenberg Van Dort
Foto van een tekening met een klokkentoren in het fort te Colombo.
Nr. 8 uit het album van J.L. Kalenberg van Dort.
Origineel van dit album in KITLV Leiden, inv. nrs. 9732-13300.
Signatuur en datering 1888 rechtsonder.
Op etiket achterop de foto staat vermeld: .
 
 
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Canal in the Colombo Fort by J.L. Kalenberg Van Dort
Canal in the Colombo Fort by J.L. Kalenberg Van Dort
This is now either Canal Row or York Street  
 
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Dutch reformed presbyterian church Matara. / Entrance to the Dutch reformed presbyterian church at Matara by J.L. Kalenberg Van Dort
Dutch reformed presbyterian church Matara. / Entrance to the Dutch reformed presbyterian church at Matara by J.L. Kalenberg Van Dort
Foto van twee tekeningen.
Boven een aanzicht en onder de ingang van de kerk van Matara van 1767-1769.
Uit het album van J.L. Kalenberg van Dort, nrs. 27 en 28, bewaard in het KITLV te Leiden, inv.nr. 9733-13300.
Beide tekeningen zijn gesigneerd en gedateerd 1888. 
 
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Gate of Starfort, Redoute van Eck in Matara by J.L. Kalenberg Van Dort
Gate of Starfort, Redoute van Eck in Matara by J.L. Kalenberg Van Dort
Foto van een tekening met de poort van het Starfort, Redoute van Eck te Matara, gebouwd in 1763-1765.
Rechtsonder gesigneerd en gedateerd .
Origineel nr. 29 afkomstig uit een album bewaard in het KITLV te Leiden, inv.nr. 9731-13300. 
 
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Interior of the Wolvendael church in Colombo by J.L. Kalenberg Van Dort
Interior of the Wolvendael church in Colombo by J.L. Kalenberg Van Dort
Foto van een tekening met een interieur van de Wolvendaelse kerk te Colombo, ingewijd in 1757.
Uit album van Kalenberg van Dort, bewaard in het KITLV te Leiden, vervaardigd in 1888.
De afdruk is in spiegelbeeld. 
 
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Protestant church in Galle by J.L. Kalenberg Van Dort
Protestant church in Galle by J.L. Kalenberg Van Dort
Foto van een tekening met een voorgevel van de protestantse kerk, ofwel de Groote Kerk, te Galle.
De bouw van de kerk was voltooid in 1755.
Vervaardigd door J.L. Kalenberg van Dort, 1888; afkomstig uit album bewaard in het KITLV te Leiden.
 
 
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The coat of arms of the descendants of Cornelis Jansz Van Dort J.L. Kalenberg Van Dort
The coat of arms of the descendants of Cornelis Jansz Van Dort J.L. Kalenberg Van Dort
Seal from the family Van Dort from Sri Lanka, the descendants of Cornelis Jansz Van Dort. Tree standing in sea, with a star on top. The motto means "We hope for better". According to David Van Dort the coat of arms is simular of that of the VOC coat of arms for the province in which the early Sri Lankan Van Dorts lived. The VOC divided the country in different provinces and each province had a coat of arms. The VOC coat of arms contains the tree and the sea. Another explanation is that appel tree from Holland with a star from the East. From 'Arms, Armorial Bearings of the Dutch period in Ceylon by J.L. Kalenberg Van Dort, Colombo Ceylon 1889. 
 
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The old Dutch canal in the fort of Colombo recently filled up. / Old Dutch street within the fort of Colombo. by J.L. Kalenberg Van Dort
The old Dutch canal in the fort of Colombo recently filled up. / Old Dutch street within the fort of Colombo. by J.L. Kalenberg Van Dort
Foto van een tweetal tekeningen: boven een grachtgezicht, onder een straatgezicht te Colombo.
Nrs. 16 en 17 uit het album van J.L. Kalenberg van Dort.
Het origineel van dit album in KITLV Leiden, inv. nrs. 9732-13300.
Signatuur en datering 1888 rechtsonder. 
 
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Water gate of Colombo by J.L. Kalenberg Van Dort
Water gate of Colombo by J.L. Kalenberg Van Dort
In this painting by van Dort from 1888 the Watergate is shown, bearing the same date. Van Dort also mentions that it has been closed up since he painted it. The building as a whole is very similar though the one in the painting seems to be narrower. Still it is obviously not the same gate as the one on the picture. It seems to be lower, and there are windows on both sides. It could be the same gate viewed from opposite sides but identification awaits further investigation.

 
 
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Wolvendaal Church on a watercolour by J.L. Kalenberg van Dort, 1888
Wolvendaal Church on a watercolour by J.L. Kalenberg van Dort, 1888
 
 

  

octobre 1996 - march 2007, created by Mascha van Dort, Delft, The Netherlands.