Franklin Drury, Miniature Painter

(d. 1771)

Miniature Painter

From A Dictionary of Irish Artists 1913

Was son of Thomas Drury, of Dublin, and his wife Rebecca. He practised as a miniature painter in Dublin, but nothing is known of his life or of his works. In "The Poetical Works of the late Rev. Samuel Shepherd," published in Dublin in 1790, are "Verses on Drury's having failed to paint the likeness of Miss Doro Burgh," commencing:

"Drury, thy pencil skilled to trace

With rival art less finished forms;

In vain attempts with equal grace

To imitate Dorinda's charms."

Drury died at Powerscourt in February, 1771. The announcement of his death, in "Hoey's Public Journal," describes him as "formerly an eminent miniature painter." In his will, dated 1st June, 1770, and proved 4th September, 1771, he describes himself as "of Dublin, Limner." Administration was granted to his brother, the Rev. John Drury, Vicar of the Parish of Powerscourt.

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