Alfred Drury

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Entrance, Victoria and Albert Museum, London

(Edward) Alfred Briscoe Drury RA (11 November 1856 – 24 December 1944)[1][2][3] was an English architectural sculptor and figure in the New Sculpture movement.[4]

Life and work[edit]

Born in Islington, London, Drury studied under the Frenchmen Édouard Lantéri and Jules Dalou, with whom he worked between 1881 and 1885, and then became assistant to Joseph Boehm.

Drury is best represented at the Victoria and Albert Museum, where he contributed the figure of Prince Albert immediately above the main entrance, nine lunettes with Drury's characteristic allegorical girls each bearing a portion of the museum's motto, allegorical figures of Inspiration and Knowledge, and Queen Victoria above it all, carrying a staff and flanked by a knight and angel. (The spandrel figures of Truth and Beauty are by George Frampton.)

Fine Art, herself holding a statue, Vauxhall Bridge

His major work includes:

He was elected an Associate of the Royal Academy of Arts in 1900 and a full Academician in 1913.[4] He was also member of the International Society of Sculptors, Painters and Gravers.[6]

Gallery of sculptural work[edit]


  1. ^ Mapping the Practice and Profession of Sculpture in Britain and Ireland - 1851-1951
  2. ^ Chamot, p. 157.
  3. ^ Mark Stocker, ‘Drury, (Edward) Alfred Briscoe (1856–1944)’, Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, Oxford University Press, Sept 2004
  4. ^ a b c d e Quinlan.
  5. ^ UKNIWM Ref 11796
  6. ^ "The International Society of Sculptors, Painters and Gravers". Mapping the Practice and Profession of Sculpture in Britain and Ireland 1851-1951. Glasgow University. Retrieved 31 May 2013. 


  • Mary Chamot, The modern British paintings, drawings, and sculpture, London, Oldbourne Press, 1965. OCLC 512918
  • Mark Quinlan, Sculptors and Architects of Remembrance, Sandy, Authors Online, 2007, ISBN 978-0755203-98-7.

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