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Paul Drury
Dates: British, 1903 - 1987
Biographical Account:

Paul Drury was considered to be one of the most distinguished etchers and draughtsmen working between the two World Wars. He was born in 1903 in London and was the son of the Sculptor, Edward Albert B Drury.


At the age of 10, Drury had an accident with an air-gun leading to losing his sight in one eye, this prevented Drury from serving during both World Wars.


After the end of the Second World War, Drury went to study at Goldsmiths College of Art in London, where he worked alongside William Larkin, Graham Sutherland, and Robin Tanner. He later went on to teach at Goldsmiths’, where he taught some of the leading British Artists of the time.


It was at Goldsmiths’ where he began etching; he was shown the works of Samuel Palmer and Frederick Griggs, who both became great influences on his work. In1966, Drury became Principal of Goldsmiths’.


Between 1922 and 1975, he etched over 90 plates, mainly portraits but also landscape. He exhibited at Royal Academy from 1924 and in 1970 he became the president of Royal Society of Painter-Etchers & Engravers.


Paul Drury died on 19 May 1987.
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