Sideron’s trip to Scarborough

During his stay in Great Britain Guan Anthony Sideron’s (Valet de Chambre of Wilhelmina of Prussia) health started to suffer.

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Sideron around 10 years old.

In 1800 he left Hampton Court to recover in Scarborough, a health resort on the northeast coast.

A trip to Scarborough British Museu
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Scarborough was known for its healing springs. Also the seawater, which Sideron bathed in, was considered to have healing properties.

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What exacly Siderons (at that time 44 years old) health complaints were, we do not know. However based on this account, written by Sideron, we have a clear picture of what he did in Scarborough and how much he spent.

He stayed for three months.

Koninklijke Collecties
Koninklijke Collecties

The entire journey (including treatment, accomodation and food) was compensated by the court. The total costs (37 pounds, around 333 guilders when converted) amounted to more than Sideron’s half-yearly salary of 250 guilders. William V himself wrote at the bottom of the account: ‘Consent payment by cashier “. Ostheim from private funds.

But Sideron had not fully recovered; after his return, he was prescripted powders and pills again.

The Scarborough document was on view in the Haags Historisch Museum.

Haags Historisch

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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
Black beautiful Rubens to Dumas cover

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.)

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

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

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