The Life of Governor Joan Gideon Loten (1710-1789)

A personal history of a Dutch virtuoso

Alexander J.P. Raat

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ISBN: 978-90-8704-151-9, geïllustreerd, 830 blz., June 2010
Formaat: 24.0 (h) x 16.0 (b) x 8.3 (d) cm. Gewicht: 1600 gram.

trefwoorden: Dutch East Indies Company VOC Verenigde Oost-Indische Compagnie koloniale geschiedenis colonial history Dutch colony natural history drawings ...


This book details the personal history of Joan Gideon Loten and his professional career as a servant of the Dutch East Indies Company. It contains an inventory of his natural history drawings in the London Natural History Museum and Teylers Museum at Haarlem – to this day a valuable treasure of eighteenth-century natural history of Sri Lanka and Indonesia. Loten’s documents show us a virtuoso: a connoisseur and dilettante in natural philosophy. They give us a unique glimpse of his character and qualities, but also of his asthmatic sufferings and use of opium. Loten’s writings, quoted extensively in this biography, take us from the early-eighteenth-century narrow-minded, provincial Utrecht in the Dutch Republic to the exotic Dutch East Indies and from there to the cosmopolitan London of the latter part of the century.

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