The Life of Governor Joan Gideon Loten (1710-1789): A Personal History of a Dutch Virtuoso

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Uitgeverij Verloren, 2010 - 829 pagina's
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"The life of Governor Joan Gideon Loten" details his personal history 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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Introduction
17
Ancestry and Youth 17101731
34
Youth Joan Gideon Loten
40
Lotens VOCCareer 17311757
60
Company Servant
77
Conflicts with Servants in Ceylon
118
Return to Patria
150
First Years in England 17591763
176
Portrait of a Lonely Man 17761781
418
Last Years in Utrecht 17811789
461
Final Years and Death
471
The Loten Natural History Collection
487
Lotens Artists
508
Pennants Indian Zoology
523
Peter Browns New Illustrations of Zoology 1776
550
Epilogue
558

Lotens Investments
194
Lotens Tour on the Continent 17631764
271
Travelling in France
287
Switzerland and Austrian Flanders
297
Marriage and Travel 17641770
305
Utrecht and London 17651770
317
Declining health 17701776
333
Utrecht 17751776
383
Household Matters
396
Annexe
566
Description of the plates
581
Samenvatting
589
Notes
595
Bibliography
784
Register
801
Curriculum Vitae
830
Copyright

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