Thomas Horsfield

Thomas Horsfield (1773-1859) was an American physician, who became a surgeon with the Dutch Colonial Army in Batavia. He also took great interest in the flora, fauna and geology of the region, as well as in the ruins of the past. He helped his friend Thomas Stamford Raffles to collect information for his book on Java. He made drawings himself of Javanese antiquities, among other things. Due to health problems he left Java in 1819 and settled in London, where he became a keeper and then curator of the East India Company Museum. Read more.