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Henry Clarence WHAITE

(1895 Manchester - 1978 Chichester)


Portrait of Thomas Chalkley - c.1922


Woodcut engraving in brown. Size of sheet: 17 x 11.8 cm.  Signed with monongram in the plate. Artist's proof. Inscribed by the artist 'trial proof/3rd series' lower left. 


Thomas Chalkley (1675 London - 1741 West Indies) was probably the most influential quaker minister in America during the eighteenth century. His works were published in 1749 under the title of 'A Collection of the Works of Thomas Chalkley,' and republished in 1751 and 1790.



Henry Clarence Whaite: Portrait of Thomas Chalkley

  • Henry Clarence Whaite studied at Manchester Evening Schools, where he was awarded the Herbert Birley Gold Medal for Art, and scholarship to London. He studied under the influential art teacher, Henry Tonks (1862-1937), at the Slade School of Fine Art, London. In 1929 University College London published his monographon ‘St Christopher in English Medieval Wall Painting' for which he had made 60 watercolour drawings in churches all around England; these are now in the collection of the Society of Antiquaries of London.

    Whaite exhibited at the New English Arts Club and with the London Group, before going on to teach in several London schools. He attended the University of London Institute of Education and oversaw their art teachers training programme between 1936 and 1962.

    Whaite continued to paint and draw throughout his life. He also made a number of works using ceramics and stoneware, although he is best known as a highly accomplished woodcutter, engraver, and textile designer.
    Whaite is represented by UCL Art Museum (London), City Art Gallery (Manchester), and Pallant House Gallery (Chichester). The Whitworth Gallery (Manchester University), like the Southwark Art Collection, holds an extensive collection his works in print.

    His older, second-cousin was the Victorian sublime landscape painter, also named Henry Clarence Whaite (1828-1912).

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