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Portrait Of A Young Woman - Paul Drury - Signed Etching -


£450 | $613 USD | €501 EUR
Item Number: SA760320
Date of manufacture: 1930
Current Status: For sale
Seller: Rayner Fine Art
This antique has been viewed 33 times in the past month with the most views from Canada.


1903 – 1987
Mount size 41 x 31 cms
Image plate size 14.5 x 12 cms
The Daily Telegraph obituary praised Paul Drury as ‘One of the most distinguished etchers and draughtsmen in that remarkably gifted generation of printmakers who grew up between the two World Wars.’
Paul Drury was an artist and printmaker born Albert Paul Dalou Drury, the son of sculptor Alfred Drury. Drury was born in Brockley, south London in 1903, he was educated at Westminster School. In 1921 he entered Goldsmiths School of Art in London. Drury was influenced by the work of Samuel Palmer, a 19th-century pastoralist, this is seen in his early etchings in 1922. After study, Drury taught at the leading British Art Schools of the time including the Central School of Art, Heatherley School of Fine Art, latterly at the school from where he graduated, Goldsmiths.
In 1944 he was commissioned, with other leading artists of the day, to produce a series of prints for Cowan's, a leading artist's printmaker. After World War II, Drury returned to Goldsmiths and became part of the mid 20th century Goldsmiths School. Drury became Principal of Goldsmiths in 1966 for three years. Drury produced 92 etchings half of which were portraits and a quarter of which were landscapes. Although the majority of his work was portraiture, he is known for his landscapes including September and Nicols Farm.
He exhibited at the Royal Academy in London, amongst others, via the British Council at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.
Examples of his work are held in the permanent collections of the British Museum and Victoria and Albert Museum, National Portrait Gallery London, Museum of Fine Arts Boston and the National Gallery Canada.
Drury was President of the Royal Society of Painter Printmakers for five years from 1970 to 1975.
This fine etching which is in very good condition is presented in a freshly cut conservation mount. It is unframed and so we can offer free delivery within the UK.
Robin Garton, 'The Catalogue Raisonné of the Prints of Paul Drury 1903-1987', London, 1992
Daily Telegraph London, obituary 20 May 1987
R.A. Walker, 'A chronological list of the etchings and drypoints of Graham Sutherland and Paul Drury', PCQ XVI, 1929, p.98
Jolyon Drury, 'Revelation of Revolution, the legacy of Samuel Palmer, the revival and evolution of pastoral printmaking by Paul Drury and the Goldsmiths School in the 20th century', 2006 (biography)
At 10 years old, Drury lost the sight in one eye, due to an air-gun pellet, whilst playing with his brother, he married the painter Enid Solomon in 1937. Instead of becoming a war artist, he worked at Queen Mary's Hospital, in Roehampton in the plaster workshop. Paul Drury died on 19 May 1987; the Daily Telegraph obituary praised him as ‘One of the most distinguished etchers and draughtsmen in that remarkably gifted generation of printmakers who grew up between the two World Wars. Contain a deep poetic quality, to exert a powerful influence on the succeeding generation of neo-Romantic artists.’

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This item is antique. The date of manufacture has been declared as 1930.


Height = 42 cm (16.5")
Width = 41 cm (16.1")
Depth = 0.5 cm (0.2")

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Rayner Fine Art
United Kingdom

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