Paul Drury was born in London in 1903 and attended Goldsmiths College of Art. He began to produce etchings in 1922, completing a total of ninety-two plates during his career, almost half of which were portraits and a quarter of which were landscapes. Influenced by Samuel Palmer, Drury remained devoted to landscape etching and it is for these works that he is best known. He taught at Goldsmiths and served as president of the Royal Society of Painter Printmakers from 1970 to 1975. He exhibited widely in the UK, Europe, and both North and South America; at the Royal Academy and for exhibitions organised by the British Council, including work in the British Pavillion at the 1939 New York World Fair.

Drury's etchings can be found in the collections of the V & A and British Council.