• Dru Drury

    1725-1804

    He was born in Wood Lane, London. His father was a silversmith, and in 1748 Dru took over the the family business a year later He retired as a to devote his time entirely to his study of entomology. He married Mary Hesketh. “By virtue of his marriage and inheritance of the family business he was a reasonably wealthy man who could afford to support his most serious hobby entomology. “ 

    Drury was also a prolific collector—his collection comprised over 11,000 specimens. Drury's collection had great fame during his life time. He spent much time and money persuading others to collect specimens for him from foreign countries. He had a wide correspondence with entomologists around the world. Drury is reported to have named fifty-six species from specimens in his own collection. Carl Linnaeus (1707-1778) and Willliam Kirby (1759-1850) both named species after him. Drury was made president of the Society of Entomologists of London from 1780 to 1782.

    From 1770 to 1787, he published the three-volume Illustrations of Natural History, wherein are exhibited upwards of 240 figures of Exotic Insects, which was later revised and republished under the title Illustrations of Exotic Entomology in 1837.

    The Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County has images from his Illustrations of Exotic Entomology.

    Drury is noted for his beautiful hand coloured illustrations, especially in his three-volume monograph entitled Illustrations of Natural History which contained over 240 figures, subsequently revised by J.O. Westwood as Illustrations of Exotic Entomology, containing upwards of six hundred and fifty figures and descriptions of Foreign Insects, 1837.

    He died in Turnham Green and was buried at St. Martin-in-the-Fields.