Whaite RCA, James (1836-1917)

Whaite RCA, James (1836-1917)

British artist James Whaite RCA is predominantly known for his landscapes in watercolour. He spent his formative years in Manchester before enrolling at the Royal College of Art. He exhibited prolifically, particularly in Lancashire, and he’s represented at the Williamson Art Gallery & Museum.


Royal Academy, Royal Scottish Academy, Royal Institute of Painters in Water Colours, Society of British Artists, Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool Water Colour Society.

Public Collections

Williamson Art Gallery & Museum.



Born in Manchester, Lancashire to Thomas Whaite and Ann Dunnevin.


Employed as a servant in Manchester, Lancashire. Working for Jonathan and Sarah Cooper.


Lodging in Cheetham, Lancashire. Profession listed as ‘artist’ in the census.


Debuted at the Royal Academy with 'Mullin’s Bay, Cornwall'.


Lodging in Conway, Wales with David and Mary Ann Harrison, an artist.

C. 1882

Travelled to Brittany, France and Venice, Italy.

‘The Artist’ magazine, 1 October 1882. Review of exhibited works in Liverpool.

Mr James Whaite, who is one of the most legitimate of watercolour painters, besides being an able exponent of the art of flat washing, sends some bright fresh Venetian subjects, the result of a recent tour, representing the picturesque outlining of the city with bits of shipping. San Marco, and the Grand Canal, are among the more important; in addition there is a spirited drawing entitled “Hay cutting in Hampshire”.


Lodging with William and Eliza Martin in West Derby, Lancashire.


Lodging with Sarah and James Wardle in Poulton cum Seacombe, Lancashire.


Lodging with Stapleton Henry and Mary Hughes in Toxteth Park, Lancashire.


Died in Toxteth Park, Lancashire.

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