DRURY family of Dartry, Co Dublin. Family photographs, portraits & documents.


DRURY family of Dartry, Co Dublin. Family photographs, portraits & documents.

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EARLIEST KNOWN IRISH DAGUERREOTYPES?

DRURY of County Dublin. A family group of portraits comprising daguerreotypes, ambrotypes and photographic prints (mainly copies taken from silhouettes and portrait miniatures) of members of the Drury family of County Dublin. The majority of items are housed in a 19th century metal deed box bearing the name THOMAS DRURY . DARTRY. The group comprises the following items:

1.      A 1/9th plate daguerreotype, early 1840s, of a woman with an infant, the plate faded, mounted in a red leather oval case (3 x 3.5 inches) with convex cover glass. The plate measures just under 2 x 2.5 inches (49 x 62mm), has clipped corners to fit the cases, and is thick gauge copper (1.3mm thick). [Probably Marion Drury nee Girdwood 1815-1882, with daughter Catherine b 1842].

2.      A 1/9th plate daguerreotype, early 1840s, of a gentleman,  the plate faded and rubbed, mounted in a red leather oval case (3 x 3.5 inches) with convex cover glass. The plate measures just under 2 x 2.5 inches (49 x 62mm), has clipped corners to fit the cases, and is thick gauge copper (1.3mm thick). [Probably Thomas Drury of Dartry 1808-1876]

3.      A 1/9th plate daguerreotype, early 1840s, full length portrait of a gentleman,  the plate faded and rubbed, mounted in a red leather oval case (3 x 3.5 inches) with convex cover glass. The plate measures just under 2 x 2.5 inches (49 x 62mm), has clipped corners to fit the cases, and is thick gauge copper (1.3mm thick). [Probably Thomas Drury of Dartry 1808-1876]

4.      A 1/4 plate tinted ambrotype (the bottom half cracked) of an older lady, with a paper label reading 'Mrs.Thomas Drury of Dartry, Dublin, nee Girdwood, Cosstorphine House, Edinburgh', in a full leather case with the photographers embossed stamp 'LAUDER BRS. 45 SACKVILLE ST. DUBLIN'. [Marion Drury nee Girdwood 1815-1882]

5.      A 1/6 plate ambrotype of a young man, with a paper label reading  'John Girdwood Drury, Dartry, Dublin.', in a full leather case. [Son of Thomas Drury of Dartry, married Frances Mary Figgis]

6.      A 1/9 plate ambrotype of a young man, with a paper label reading  'John Girdwood Drury, Dartry, Dublin.', in a full leather case. [Son of Thomas Drury of Dartry]

7.      A 1/4 plate pair of coloured photographic portraits of a man and woman, with a paper label reading  'George Drury of Ballybay & his wife', in a full leather case.

8.      Carte-de-visite photograph of a silhouette of a man in a wood frame (circa 4 x 5 inches) inscribed in pencil on the reverse 'William Vallancey Drury, M.D., born at Sandymount 1821 died at Bournemouth 1892.  The silhouette was taken in 1841.'

9.      Photographic print of portrait miniature of a boy in a wood frame (circa 4 x 5 inches) inscribed in pencil on the reverse 'Wm Hamilton Wells Drury.  Post Captain R.N.' [Fought with his father Admiral William OBrien Drury at Camperdown. Died  Captain Of the Drake in Honduras Bay 1804]

10.  Carte-de-visite photograph of a silhouette of a boy in a wood frame (circa 4 x 5 inches) inscribed in pencil on the reverse 'Believed to be W. H. Wells Drury.' 

11.  Photographic print  of portrait miniature of a gentleman in a wood frame (circa 4 x 5 inches) inscribed in pencil on the reverse 'Major Ed: Drury.  Served in the Walcheren Expedition, Peninsula War & India. Died at Chatham 1837.' [Son of Capt James Drury & Charlotte Shippery].

12.  Photographic print of a profile drawing of a gentlemman in uniform in a wood frame (circa 7 x 9 inches) inscribed in pencil on the reverse 'Joseph Drury, Capt. R.N. (became Admiral on Retired List)'. [1784-1835, son of Capt John Drury]

13.  Photographic print of a drawing of a gentleman in uniform in a wood frame (circa 7 x 9 inches) inscribed in pencil on the reverse 'Major General George Drury'. [1823-1895, grandson of Capt John Drury]

14.  Carte-de-visite photograph of a silhouette of a gentleman in a wood frame (circa 4 x 5 inches) inscribed in pencil on the reverse 'Capt James Drury present at Bunker Hill. Still living in1820.' [Son of Capt Edward Drury b. 1822, fought at the battles of Bunker Hill and Camden]

15.  Photographic print of portrait miniature of a gentleman in a wood frame (circa 4 x 5 inches) inscribed in pencil on the reverse 'Capt. Charles J. C. Drury.  33rd Regt.' [1799-1837, son of Wiliam O’Brien Drury b.1722]

16.  Photographic print  of silhouette of a gentleman in a wood frame (circa 4 x 5 inches) inscribed in pencil on the reverse 'Admiral Drury'.

17.  Photographic print of portrait miniature of a gentleman in uniform in a wood frame (circa 4 x 5 inches) inscribed in pencil on the reverse 'Admiral Wlm O’Brien Drury. D.1811.' [1754-1811, son of Captain Edward Drury b.1722]

18.  Photographic print of silhouette of a gentleman in a wood frame (circa 4 x 5 inches) inscribed in pencil on the reverse 'Admiral W.O’B. Drury.'

19.  Photographic print of painting on card (circa 6 x 8 inches) of a gentleman in armour inscribed in pen on the reverse 'Sir Wm Drury 1527 to1579 Soldier and Statesman. Marshal of Berwick 1564 to 1676. Reduced Edinburgh Castle 1573. President if Munster 1576 and Lord Justice of Ireland 1578.'

20.  An early 20th century mounted photograph circa 6 x 8 ins of a gentleman examining papers at a table.

The collection comes with copies of various genealogical details.

[n.b. special shipping required with the collection weighing 4.5 kg (10lbs) before packing]

 

The portraits in this collection can be traced to various descendants of the Drurys of Hawstead who settled in Ireland in the 17th century. Two main family groups identifiable in the portraits are of Thomas Drury (1808-1876), merchant of Dartry and his family, who were descended from John Drury (died 1737) of Dublin, and William Vallancy Drury MD (1821-1892) and his antecedents, descended from Edward Drury DD (1672-1737) of Dublin.

Thomas Drury (1808-1876) was the son of George Drury and Elizabeth Richey, and married in 1839 Marion Girdwood (1815-1882) whose ambrotype, dating to circa 1860 by Lauder Brothers is in the collection. They had seven children of whom their son John Girdwood Drury features in the other two ambrotypes. Of special interest are the three daguerreotypes, which are almost certainly of Thomas and Marion Drury, probably taken in Dublin upon the birth of their first daughter Catherine McCoubrie Drury in 1842. These potentially represent the earliest known examples of Irish daguerreotypes as Ireland's first Daguerreotype portrait studio opened on the roof of the Rotunda in Dublin in October 1841, and dated Irish daguerreotypes appear only to be known from after 1845.

The portraits of William Hamilton Wells Drury and his antecedents are (19th century) photographs of portrait miniatures and silhouettes, the originals of which may or may not survive (brief biographical details are appended in the listings above).

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