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1818 Darwin's Shrewsbury School

1818 Darwin's Shrewsbury School

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PAUL D STEWART / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY PAUL D STEWART / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

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Shrewsbury School. Lithograph copy of drawing by P. Browne circa 1833, dedicated to the school's headmaster, Venerable Archdeacon Samuel Butler. Darwin did not have particularly fond memories of this school and did badly. He says in his autobiography (1887) "nothing could have been worse for the development of my mind than Dr. Butler's school, as it was strictly classical". Dr. Samuel Butler publically rebuked him for for wasting his time on such "useless subjects" as Chemistry and, "he called me very unjustly a 'poco curante' and as I did not understand what he meant, it seemed to me a fearful reproach". Today there is a large statue of Darwin outside the entrance of the school (centre arch here).

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