Java's ruined candis and the British picturesque ideal

Tiffin, Sarah (2009) Java's ruined candis and the British picturesque ideal. Bulletin of the School of Oriental and African Studies (University of London), 72 3: 525-558. doi:10.1017/S0041977X09990061


Author Tiffin, Sarah
Title Java's ruined candis and the British picturesque ideal
Journal name Bulletin of the School of Oriental and African Studies (University of London)   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0041-977X
1474-0699
Publication date 2009
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1017/S0041977X09990061
Volume 72
Issue 3
Start page 525
End page 558
Total pages 34
Place of publication Cambridge, United Kingdom
Publisher Cambridge University Press
Language eng
Formatted abstract
When Thomas Stamford Raffles published his seminal text The History of Java in 1817, ruins were a favourite leitmotif in British art, forming an important element within the visual vocabulary of the picturesque. Given the fascination in this period for the ruin, fuelled by a tradition of antiquarian enquiry, the newly developing science of archaeology, and the increased possibilities for travel in the wake of imperial expansion, it is not surprising that Raffles chose to devote a whole a chapter of his publication to Java's ruined candis. The plates and vignettes which illustrate the chapter, created according to pictorial conventions that were ordinarily applied to the crumbling remains of Europe's classical past, are amongst the most beautiful portrayals of South-East Asia's architectural remains. This paper examines how these images elicited set emotional responses associated with the idea of ruins and ruination and confirmed key stereotypes associated with the region, linking the candis, and by implication the Javanese themselves, with a vanished past rather than with a dynamic and forward-looking present.
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status UQ

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