The sitter was the son of Jean Diodati and Aldegonda Diodati, ne Trouwers, who left for Batavia in 1698. After his marriage to Geertruida Colombine Slott in 1713, Salomon became registration officer in the Dutch Indies in 1719. Later on he became trustee of the orphanage. After his return to the Netherlands in 1732, he published the history of the Dutch East India Company (see Jhr. Mr. Dr. J.R. Clifford Kocq van Breughel, "Het geslacht Diodati", in De Nederlandse Leeuw, Maandblad van het Koninklijk Nederlandsch genootschap voor geslacht en wapenkunde, 1939, p.294-296).
A portrait of Salomon's brother Philippe (1697-1780), who was director of the grain store in Batavia, by an unknown hand, is in the Museum Simon van Gijn, Dordrecht (photograph recorded in the Iconografisch Bureau, The Hague).
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