Louis Couperus Museum Review

The Louis Couperus Museum is Located in The Hague, the Netherlands. The Couperus Museum is committed to promoting interest in the literary works of Louis Couperus in the Netherlands and across the globe. See also this soundless video that shows Louis Couperus at his 60th birthday celebration on June 9, 1923, in The Hague.

The Louis Couperus Museum is situated in a 19th-century house in The Hague and many of Couperus’s novel characters are from that city. In his younger years, Louis Couperus lived The Hague’s Nassauplein and this is where he wrote Eline Vere, his first novel.

Louis Couperus never actually lived at the address where the Museum is located (Javastraat 17) but it is where Albert Vogel (1924-1982) lived. Mr. Vogel was a Couperus impersonator who staged his “one-man literary shows’ and who also published a biography on Louis Couperus.

The Collection

The museum sits on the ground floor and the first room features objects and artifacts from Louis Couperus’s property and personal life. Here you can admire portraits of the writer and his relations and the desk at which he wrote his masterpieces. All of these artifacts belong to the “Letterkundig Museum” (the Dutch Literary Museum) and are here on loan.

In the Museum’s second room and the Garden Room, you can find yearly exhibitions on themes from the writer’s life or work. Every exhibition comes with a beautifully illustrated catalog which the Museum displays in a large “Page Turner” named the “Couperian windmill”. Check out also this article about Louis Couperus titled A Child With A Majestic Voice in which P.F. Thomése reflects on the work and life of Louis Couperus. 

Louis Couperus (1863-1923) is truly one of The Netherlands’ most prominent and best-recognized writers. He also received international acclaim, particularly in English speaking parts of the world because of his psychological novels like “The books of the small souls”, The silent force”, and “Of old people and things that pass”.

Louis Couperus Museum
Javastraat 17, 2585 AB Den Haag
Phone: (070) 364-0653


The Title “ROYAL”

Have you ever wondered how come some Dutch companies carry the title Royal (Koninklijk) in (front of) their names?

The Queen of The Netherlands can grant to associations, foundations, and corporations the right to carry the title Royal. The designation Royal is given to larger companies.

In order to qualify for the title Royal, an association, foundation or company must, in any case, meet certain criteria. Associations or companies needs to have a very important position in their fields, be of national importance, and have existed at least one hundred years.  Only large companies can apply for the title Royal.

The Netherlands holds around 570 Royal companies, institutions, and associations. Royal associations engage in art, culture, sports, science and social work. Royal companies are active in virtually every segment of the industry. Just to mention a few: Royal Ahold, Royal DSM, Royal Philips, Royal TenCate, Royal Shell. The whole list can be found here.

Small and medium-sized companies and businesses can receive the designation Hofleverancier (Purveyor), the title is granted for proven quality, solidity and continuity.

The designation “purveyor” was introduced by King Willem I in 1815. The Queen may give companies the right to carry the ‘Royal Arms’ with the addition of ‘Purveyor By Royal Warrant’.

The title may be granted to smaller businesses that play an important regional role, and have existed at least one hundred years. Royal Warrant Holders should be of good character.  There are now approximately 250 companies that are allowed to call themselves ‘Purveyor by Royal  Order’.  Most are family-run businesses. You can find a list of the companies here.

The title Royal or Purveyor can be applied for only if the company or association is at least 100 years old, and only at special anniversary occasions (e.g. 100, 125, 150-year). The association or company must be of high moral character, and financially solid.

Obtaining the title involves a number of rights and obligations for the associations or companies involved. A company with the title Royal will, among other things, have the right to carry the Royal Crown. A Purveyor may carry the Royal Arms. The main obligation is that the “holder of the right to the title” will renounce anything that might harm his reputation. If a company or an association fails to comply with the conditions, the title may be withdrawn.

Source: www.koninklijkhuis.nl/

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