Born in Hartford, White passed up his father’s profession in favor of a career as a noted painter, writer and art teacher. White’s principal mentor was Dwight Tryon with whom he began studying at age fourteen and whose authorized biography he completed in 1930. From age thirty until his death more than sixty years later, White lived and painted at least part of the year in Waterford, Connecticut. He was an original member of the art colony at Old Lyme from 1903 to 1907, where he met and made friends with many of the leading American Impressionists.
Father of Nelson Cooke White, and grandfather of Nelson Holbrook White.
All paintings photographed by Ted Hendrickson
“During the years from 1928 to 1938 my interests and activities were mostly concerned with our domestic life at Waterford in addition to our acquisition and use of the yawl and the building of a new house at Shelter Island. My three grandsons were born during that decade… From their earliest years their father and I have educated them in the practice and enjoyment of our sports and recreation in the summer, of sailing and fishing…”
Memoirs of Henry C. White
“How fortunate we all were to come under the direct influences, the severe discipline of the tradition of Ingres, acquired by Tryon in the unique drawing school of Jaquessson de la Chevreuse, passed on to us and driven home with the force and clearness of Tryon’s scientific mind and dynamic personality. Drawing! The probity of art! Proportions! The big proportions! The character of the masses, the action – and values! We took it all for granted then. This was the right, the only logical way to draw. We knew no other.”
Quoted from White’s biography of Dwight Tryon