Musée No:286.140Regular price £25.00
Artist: John Curtis
John Curtis (1791 –1862) was an English entomologist and illustrator. At the age of 16 he became an apprentice at a local lawyer's office in Norwich but devoted his spare time to studying and drawing insects and, with insect collecting becoming a growing craze, he found he could make a living selling the specimens he found. In 1824 he began his greatest achievement, ‘British Entomology: Being Illustrations and Descriptions of the Genera of Insects Found in Great Britain and Ireland’, widely considered one of the finest works on the subject of the nineteenth century. By the end of 1856 Curtis was totally blind and receiving a civil list pension initially of £150 a year.