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Last NameCurtis    
Given NameJohn    
alt. NamesJ. C. ; Ruricola (pseudonym) ;    
Marriagemarried    
Childrenseveral children    
Year born1791 in Norwich, Norfolk    
Year died1862    
Place of deathIslington, London    
Father's occupationengraver on stone and sign painter Charles Curtis (1xxx-1795)    
Relativesmother: frances, flower grower; brother: engraver and painter Charles Morgan Curtis    
Educationtaught by his father & naturalist Richard Walker (1791-1870) ; pupil of engr. Mr. Edwards of Bungay/Suffolk; earned his living in a lawyer's office    
Country of ActivityUnited Kingdom    
Worked forWilliam Kirby & William Spence: Introduction to Entomology (1815-26) ; J. Curtis: British Entomology (16 vols., 1834-39) & Farm Insects (1860/83) ; T. Horsfield: Plantae Javanicae (1822) ; Zoological Researches in Java (1824) ; Bennett & Browne: Plantae Java rariores ; Transactions of the Entomological Society of London (London 1807-12) ;    
PatronageSir Joseph Banks; Botanical Magazine ; Transactions of Linnean Society 1823; Horticultural Society; Royal Entomological Society    
CollaboratorsJames Charles Dale ; Simon Wilkin (1790-1862) ; William Elford Leach ; Pierre André Latreille ;    
Techniquesbotanical, zoological, and entomological copperplate engraving; drawing, watercolor painting, hand-coloring    
Sample(s)http://delta-intkey.com/britin/index.htm ; http://fmhibd.library.cmu.edu/HIBD-DB/ArtCat/recordlist.php?-skip=1550&-max=25 ;    
Archival sourcesBritish Museum Nat.Hist. London; Melbourne http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Curtis_(entomologist) British Natural History Museum    
Published sourcesAKL 23 1999: 184 ; ThB 8 1913 ; DNB 1901 ; obituary of J. S., Royal Entomol. Soc. 1862 ; Blunt & Stearn 1955; Nissen: Botan. Buchillustration 1966; Zoolog. Buchillustration 1969/78 ; Lapage 1961: 46f., plate 3 ; Walpole 1969: 10 ; Sawyer 1971: 108 ; C. E. Jackson: hand-col. zool. ill. Arch. Nat. Hist. 38. 1 (2011): 48 ; Gilbert 2000: 6-7 & 142-3 ;     
otherEntomologist, artist, author, and butterfly collector (he collected butterflies in Sotland, Ireland, and central Europe) who learnt engraving deliberately so that he could produce his own plates.    
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