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William Curtis (1746 – 1799) Botanist

Alton born William Curtis trained as an apothecary but botany was his passion and in 1772 he became Director of the Chelsea Garden, a position he retained until 1777.

He established his own London Botanic Garden at Lambeth in 1779 and then moved to Brompton in 1789. From 1777 – 1798 he published Flora Londinensis a pioneering work in 6 volumes that it devoted itself to urban nature and from 1787 The Botanical Magazine, a work that would featured hand coloured plates by artists such as James Sowerby, Sydenham Edwards, and William Kilburn.

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