Book ID: CBB001251420

The Life of Governor Joan Gideon Loten (1710--1789) (2010)


Raat, Alexander J. P. (Author)


Publication Date: 2010
Physical Details: 829 pp.; ill.; bibl.; index
Language: English

The Life of Joan Gideon Loten, the 'naturalist Governor of Ceylon', 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.


Description Focuses on the natural history drawings of the Dutch governor of Ceylon.

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Review Protschky, Susie (2012) Review of "The Life of Governor Joan Gideon Loten (1710--1789)". Isis: International Review Devoted to the History of Science and Its Cultural Influences (pp. 595-596). unapi

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Authors & Contributors
Bleichmar, Daniela
Segre, Vera
Cleevely, R. J.
Oliver, E. G. H.
Hume, Julian Pender
LoTufo, Ilaria
Archives of Natural History
Micrologus: Natura, Scienze e Società Medievali
Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part C: Studies in History and Philosophy of Biological and Biomedical Sciences
Colonial Latin American Review
Rittenhouse: Journal of the American Scientific Instrument Enterprise
Tidsskrift for kulturforskning
Field Museum of Natural History
National Library of Australia
Princeton University
University of Texas at Austin
Princeton University Press
Visual representation; visual communication
Natural history
Science and art
Scientific illustration
Merian, Maria Sibylla
Grassi, Giovannino de'
Andrews, Henry Charles
Restif de la Bretonne, Nicolas Édme
Swinden, Jan Hendrik van
Lister, Martin
Time Periods
18th century
17th century
19th century
20th century
13th century
Chicago (Illinois, U.S.)
Amsterdam (Netherlands)
Utrecht (Netherlands)
East Indies
Dutch East India Company
Field Museum of Natural History
Field Columbian Museum
Smithsonian American Art Museum

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