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Dru Drury.

Dru Drury (February 4, 1725 – January 15, 1804) was a British entomologist, one of the foremost of his time.

He was born in Wood Lane, London. His father was a silversmith, and Dru took over the business in 1748. He retired as a silversmith in 1789 to devote his time entirely to entomology. Drury had a keen interest in entomology already, and was the president of the Society of Entomologists of London from 1780 to 1782. He died in Turnham Green and was buried at St. Martin-in-the-Fields.

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.

Drury was also a prolific collector—his collection comprised over 11,000 specimens.

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  • Gilbert, P. 2000: Butterfly Collectors and Painters. Four centuries of colour plates from The Library Collections of The Natural History Museum, London. Singapore, Beaumont Publishing Pte Ltd : X+166 S. 27-28, Portr., 88-89, 140-141, 148-149: Lep.Tafel
  • Griffin, F. J. 1940: Proc. R. Ent. Soc. London (A) 15 49-68
  • Haworth, A. H. 1807 Trans. Ent. Soc. London 1 33-34
  • Heppner, J. B. 1982 J. Lepidopt. Soc. 36(2) 87-111 (Sep. Heppner)
  • Jardine, W. (B.) 1842 Nat. Library 13 17-71, Portr.
  • Leach, W. E. 1815 Brewster, Edinburgh Encyclopaedia 9 66
  • Noblett, B. 1985 Bull. Amat. Ent. Soc. 44(349) 170-178, Portr.
  • Osborn, H. 1952: A Brief History of Entomology Including Time of Demosthenes and Aristotle to Modern Times with over Five Hundred Portraits Columbus, Ohio, The Spahr & Glenn Company : 1-303.
  • Salmon, M. A. 2000 The Aurelian Legacy. British Butterflies and their Collectors. - Martins, Great Horkesley : Harley Books : 1-432

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