Du Simitière, Pierre Eugène
- Ellen G. Miles
Du Simitière, Pierre Eugène (18 September 1737–?10 Oct. 1784), artist, collector, and museum proprietor, was born in Geneva, Switzerland, the son of Jean-Henri Ducimetière (also spelled Dusimitière), a broker with the East Indies, and Judith-Ulrique Cunegonde Delorme. Du Simitière was baptized in the Calvinist church. He studied drawing with an unidentified Geneva artist, probably before going to Amsterdam where he joined the Eglise Wallonne in 1754. He may have served in the army in Flanders. In 1757 he sailed from Amsterdam to St. Eustatius, in the Dutch West Indies. He spent more than five years at St. Eustatius and nearby Saba Island, Curaçao, Jamaica, and Saint-Domingue. Intending to write a natural history of the region, he collected samples or made drawings of plants and animals and noted information about the language and customs of the people living there....