New image collection: caricature drawings by Louis Raemaekers

Published on
November 4, 2019

Do you want to see historical caricature drawings of WUR teachers at the beginning of the 20th century? Have a look at our new online Image Collection with caricatures of teachers and other employees of the Hoogere Land- en Boschbouwschool from around 1900.

Schetsboek van Pietje

The "Schetsboek van Pietje" (Pietje's sketchbook) is a series of 22 caricatures of teachers and other employees of the Hoogere Land- en Boschbouwschool created around 1900, by Louis Raemaekers (1869-1956). Among the portrayed professors are E. Giltay, J. Ritzema Bos, J.O.F. Pitch and J.H. Aberson. The sketchbook concludes with a self-portrait of Raemaekers holding a brush and the "Schetsboek van Pietje". The caricatures are drawn in pencil and charcoal and half of the drawings are coloured with watercolour.

Raemaekers also illustrated books by Professor Ritzema Bos on animal life and painted a large watercolor showing students of Dr E. Giltay studying poppies in the botanical garden.

Louis Raemaekers

Louis Raemaekers was a drawing teacher at the  Hoogere Land- en Boschbouwschool before he became internationally famous as a cartoonist during the First World War. His grim political cartoons on German war atrocities were influential in bringing America into World War I. You can read more about Louis Raemaekers in the biography by A. de Ranitz, Louis Raemaekers: "armed with pen and pencil" : how a Dutch cartoonist became world famous during the First World War.

New update for the Image Collections

Wageningen University & Research – Image Collections is now available with a new stable, user-friendly and responsive image viewer. The presentation automatically adapts to the viewing device. Images and metadata are shown in a user-friendly manner and the image viewer is more powerful. The update came with some new Image collections, including the so-called “Schetsboek van Pietje”.