Ethelbert White 1891-1972
Ethelbert White, painter, wood engraver, designer and book illustrator was born in Isleworth, Middlesex. He studied at St. John's Wood School of Art 1911-12 and had his first solo exhibition at Carfax Gallery in 1921. With his wife, Betty he became a noted bohemian and travelled widely by caravan, spending some time in Gomshall, Surrey. They regularly attended the Chelsea Arts Ball and were singers and collectors of folk songs. In 1915 he was elected to the London Group, 1921 the New English Art Club, 1934 the Royal Society of Painters in Watercolour and in 1939 the Royal Scottish Society of Painters in Watercolour. Ethelbert White illustrated a number of books including Richard Jefferies' 'The Story of my Heart' and Henry Thoreau's 'Walden', indicating his love of the countryside which inspired many of his pictures. He regularly exhibited at the Royal Academy and is represented in many British public collections. In 1979 a memorial exhibition was held at the Fine Art Society in London.