Publicatie / Publication

2017: Cupido en Sideron. Twee Moren aan het hof van Oranje. 

 

‘This book presents the lives of two black servants at the court of stadholder William V. Sideron arrived from Curaçao in 1763 at the age of seven, Cupido, who was slightly younger followed three years later from the African West coast. Why they came remains unclear. Most likely they were gifts, a relatively common practice at the European courts of the eighteenth century as Esther Schreuder describes in this informative and highly recommended book. Schreuder explains how the two children lovingly and respectfully grow up to have successful careers as servants of William V of Orange-Nassau and Wilhelmina of Prussia with whom their fate was closely intertwined. Schreuder never strays far from the sources she found in the Dutch Royal archives. However, by carefully contextualizing these documents with information about the legal status of blacks in the Netherlands, life at court, political and overseas history she is able to sketch an amazingly complete picture of the exceptional lives of Cupido and Sideron. Cupido married a German girl in 1802, Schreuder has found that his descendants live in The Hague to this day.

In: editors, F. the ., 2017. Esther Schreuder, Cupido en Sideron. Twee moren aan het hof van Oranje. Early Modern Low Countries, 1(2), p.374. DOI:

More info in:

http://www.dutchnews.nl/features/2017/10/the-fascinating-story-of-two-african-child-servants-at-the-dutch-court/

The Daily Herald. https://thedailyherald.sx/islands/69027-exhibition-features-curacao-slave-child-at-royal-court

Nederlands

Over het leven van twee jongetjes die cadeau werden gegeven aan stadhouder Willem V. Ze bleven hun hele leven bij hem in dienst. Zie over dit boek de recensie in Trouw https://www.trouw.nl/cultuur/wie-de-franse-hertogin-wilde-plezieren-gaf-haar-een-afrikaans-kleutertje-cadeau~a07b5e36/

En beste boeken van 2017 https://www.tzum.info/2017/12/nieuws-beste-boeken-2017-volgens-lezers-en-recensenten-trouw/

NRC Handelsblad: https://www.nrc.nl/nieuws/2017/09/22/een-cadeau-voor-willem-v-een-zevenjarig-afrikaans-kind-13113844-a1574394

Mare Leids Universitair Weekblad: http://www.mareonline.nl/archive/2017/09/21/allebei-cadeau-gekregen

Financieel Dagblad  14-10–2017 https://fd.nl/fd-persoonlijk/1222378/de-donkere-bevolking-aan-het-hof-van-oranje

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About me

In 2008 I was guest curator of the exhibition Black is beautiful. Rubens to Dumas. Important advisors: Elizabeth McGrath (Rubens and colleagues, Warburg institute Image of the Black in Western Art collection), Carl Haarnack (slavery in books), Elmer Kolfin (slavery in prints and paintings) en Adi Martis (contemporary art). Gary Schwartz made his research for The Image of the Black in Western Art available to me.

Black beautiful Rubens to Dumas cover

In 2012 my Anniversary book: 100 years Schiller 1912-2012 was published. Initiative, idea, text and editing (ES). Design and photography Monica Schokkenbroek.

Schiller in Parool boekje 26-11-2012 Paul Arnoldussen
Schiller in Parool boekje 26-11-2012 Paul Arnoldussen

In 2013 my book Cobra aan de gracht / Cobra on the Canal was published by Samsara publications.

In 2014 my essay ‘Painted Blacks and Radical Imagery in the Netherlands (1900-1940)’ was published in The Image of the Black in Western Art Volume V (I). (ed. David Bindman, Henry Louis Gates jr.)

(About f.i. On the terras, by Nola Hatterman but also Jan Sluijters, Kees van Dongen, Irma Stern and more)

In 2017 I published a book about the black servants at the Court of the Royal Van Oranje family. More than a thousand documents have been found about their lives. (only in Dutch)

Cupido en Sideron Cover 30-8-2017

For update see also about me and publications

All photos on this site are not intended for any commercial purpose. I have tried to trace all the rules and rights of all images. As far as I know, these images can be used in this way. If you ar a copyright holder and would like a piece of your work removed or the creditline changed then please do not hesitate to contact me.

estherschreuderwebsite@gmail.com