Koster was born in The Hague, where he studied with B.J. van Hove in 1839-40 and at the Stdelsches Institut, Frankfurt. He returned to Holland in 1848 settling in Amsterdam. While Koster is known to have visited England in 1856 and 1857, he probably also visited England by 1850-51, as indicated by the subject matter of the drawings in the present album.
The drawings include views of Waterloo Bridge, "Suspention Bridge", New London Bridge, Greenwich seen from Observatory Hill, Dover, and Amsterdam, as well as scenes of Dutch and English shipping