Nieuwenkamp Museum Foundation

List of Nieuwenkamp’s journeys

Wordwide wanderings

  • 1894. At the age of twenty Wijnand was far too skinny so, acting on his doctor's advice he joined a boat heading for the Mediterranean. This first long journey started in August 1894, aboard the steamboat the SS Ceres. The journey took him through Lisbon, Tangier, Gibraltar, Livorno, Catania and then back to the Netherlands. It was on this journey that Nieuwenkamp got his passion for travelling, a passion he never lost. ....
  • In 1898 he went on his first journey to the Netherlands East Indies (the island of Java). See First journey to the Netherlands East Indies.
  • In 1899 he travelled to Belgium with the graphic artist, gold and silversmith Elias Voet, then journeyed to France and Spain.
  • In 1900 he went on honeymoon and crossed Belgium and France to Spain with his wife Anna Wilbrink.
  • During the years 1901 and 1902, they sailed around the Dutch canals and lakes on board the De Zwerver, regularly passing through Edam.
  • In 1903, the journeys aboard the De Zwerver took them to Germany, including visits to Düsseldorf and Neurenberg and other places.
  • From 1903 to 1904 he embarked on a second long journey to the east. See Second journey to the Netherlands East Indies.
  • In the winter of 1906/1907 a third long journey took him to the islands of Java and Bali. See Third journey to the Netherlands East Indies.
  • In the winter of 1908 Nieuwenkamp visited Constantine in Northern Africa. His two drawings are the only remaining records of this journey.
  • In 1913/1914 he undertook a long journey to British India, including visits to Ceylon and the British Indies (Tanjore, Benares, Agra, Gwalior, Bombay and Madoera). He created many drawings during this journey and, in 1924, he published his travel report on the British Indies as a book, entitled Holy Cities (Heilige Steden). In addition, a series of articles about his journey were published in the NION, Netherlands East Indies, Now and Before, [Nederlandsch-Indië, Oud en Nieuw]. By no means all his work has been published in the NION, many pencil sketches and photos (snapshots) that fellow traveller Barlett had given him, have survived. After the publication of Holy Cities he made more etchings and oil paintings and a few gouaches about India, Hinduism and Buddhism. Few of these works have been published.
  • Between 1917 and 1919 he embarked on his fourth journey to the Netherlands East Indies. See Fourth journey to the Netherlands East Indies.
  • In 1920 he travelled from Edam to Sicily to spent the winter and, in 1921, he ended up in Rome, settling near Fiesole, close to Florence, in 1925.
  • In 1925 he undertook another long journey to the islands of Sumatra, Java and Bali. See Fifth journey to the Netherlands East Indies.
  • In 1933-1934 Nieuwenkamp set off on a journey that took him through Egypt, where he made many drawings of the pyramids, Cairo, Luxor and the river Nile. A manuscript exists that has not been published: In the land of the Pharaohs [In het land der Faraos]. He had already visited Egypt in 1904 during a previous journey to the Netherlands East Indies where he had completed a number of drawings.
  • His long journey in 1937, funded by several institutions, once again brought him back to Bali. See Sixth Journey to the Netherlands East Indies.
  • In May 1940 he was about to embark on his next long journey, but the outbreak of World war II prevented him from setting off. He never travelled outside Europe again.