August 01, 2020 09:00 AM EDT Asheville, North Carolina


Charles Henry White

(Canadian, 1887-1918)

Three Charleston Etchings, Queen Street, 6-1/2 x 5-3/4 in.; Tradd Street, Charleston, 9 x 5-1/2 in.; The Piazza Charleston, 8 x 4 in., each signed in plate and inscribed; etching on Japan paper; matted, not framed

Note: See: Charles Henry White, "Charleston" from Harpers Monthly, Nov. 1907; 852-61

White had a remarkable career, with an impressive list of teachers, influencers, and accomplishments that was cut short by his untimely death at the age of 40.  He was born in Canada but studied at the Art Students League in New York before traveling to Venice to study with James McNeill Whistler - an influence that is clearly visible in his work.

In 1902 he began a series of etchings on American Cities for Harpers Monthly. These works were influential in the American etching revival. It is believed that it was White's 1907 article and etchings depicting Charleston that inspired Birge Harrison (1854-1929) to visit this city. Harrison, who was director of the Art Student's League, would take up winter residence in Charleston, befriend local artists, Alice Ravenel Huger Smith, Elizabeth O'Neill Verner, and Alfred Hutty. It is this moment that is often considered the first flowering of what would become the Charleston Renaissance.

Provenance:Estate of Aubrey Hancock, Charleston, South Carolina


printed in sepia ink, sheet edges cut irregularly, comments on printing inscribed on sheets; some toning

Estimate: $800 - $1,000
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