White RBA RI, John (1851-1933)

White RBA RI, John (1851-1933)

John White RBA RI was an accomplished British painter of landscapes, portraits, genre scenes and coastal views. Born in Edinburgh, he spent several years in Australia before returning and enrolling at Royal Scottish Academy Schools. His works were shown at major exhibitions including the Royal Academy and Royal Society of British Artists where he was a member.


Royal Scottish Academy, Royal Society of British Artists, Royal Academy, Royal Society of British Artists, New Watercolor Society, Royal Institute of Oil Painters, Royal Society of Artists in Birmingham, Walker Art Gallery in Liverpool,
Manchester City Art Gallery, Royal Glasgow Institute of Fine Art.

Public Collections

Kirkcaldy Galleries, Laing Art Gallery, National Trust, Royal Albert Memorial Museum & Art Gallery, The Hepworth Wakefield.



Born in Edinburgh, Scotland.


Emigrated with his family to Australia.

Returned to Scotland.


Studied at the Royal Scottish Academy Schools.


Awarded the Keith Prize for Design.

Lived in Shere, Surrey and also London.

C. 1877

Moved to Devon.


Married Emma Homewood Sanders. The pair would have four children.


Elected a member of the Royal Society of British Artists.


Lived in Shere, Surrey.
Reviewed in the Manchester Courier following an exhibition at The Society of British Artists.

“…among the outdoor paintings Mr. John White (member) sends a charming autumn bit of grey sky, bare trees and cottage, where a flaxen-haired laddie throws ‘crumbs’ (425) to the little birds. The same artist contributes another small canvas of a ‘picturesque hillside garden’ (113), besides his larger work illustrative of the lines -

At length his lonely cot appears in view
Beneath the shelter of an aged tree;
The expectant wee things todlin stacher thro'
To meet their dad wi' flichterin noise and glee.”


Elected a member of the Royal Institute of Painters in Watercolours.


Elected a member of the Royal Institute of Oil Painters.


Married Rosetta Maud Higgins in Devon. The pair would have seven children.


Lived in Branscombe, Devon.


Lived in Branscombe, Devon.


Lived in Exeter, Devon.



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