‘dear Nature’s child’ - William Curtis: the fascinating story of one of the greatest naturalists of the 18th century
1st Jun 2019 to 20th Jul 2019
Born in Alton in 1746 into a Quaker family, William Curtis was to become one of the centuries most original and pioneering minds in the study of native plants and insects.
His fascination with the natural world was clear from an early age and led his father to apprentice him to his grandfather, a local apothecary. But it soon became apparent that such a young enquiring mind could not be limited to the realm of pills and potions.
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