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 Charles Pilkington White  (c.1813 - 1881)

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Lived/Active: United Kingdom      Known for: portrait, figure, land-and seascape painting

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Charles Pilkington White (c. 1813-1881)

Born c. 1813 in Ireland, he was married on 4 May 1833 at St. Pancras, London to Catharine Andrews of Wincanton, Somerset, UK, who died on 17 May 1882  in Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, UK.

Charles Pilkington White and Catharine Andrews had 6 children: Frederick Grant, Emma, Clara, Rhoda Matilda, Charles Edward Washington, and Adolphus James.

In a book written by his great-grandaughter,  Dulce Finnimore McPherson, titled Arthur Kington Finnimore: the Short Story of a Long Life, Charles Pilkington White is described as follows: "... he was an artist who, if he lacked genius, was in more comfortable circumstances than many of his profession, and was altogether a picturesque figure. Over six feet in height, he was quite magnificent in his uniform of an Officer of the Volunteers, a medal for brilliant marksmanship decorating his tunic. He was a man of parts for not only had he the soldierly distinction and as an artist had covered his own and the walls of the houses of his relations with large canvasses of moonlit abbeys and storm tossed vessels, but he was also a musician and could play the harp, the flute and the concertina ..."

Charles Pilkington White died on Feb. 10, 1881 in Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, UK, and is buried in St. Peter’s Leckhampton, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, UK.

The following obituary of Charles White was carried by the Cheltenham College Magazine The Cheltonian:

"Mr. White was an artist of much experience in his profession, having been in practice long before the establishment of Schools of Art, or their predecessors, Schools of Design. Succeeding to an Estate in Wisconsin, Mr. White, early in life, withdrew himself from his favourite pursuit for seven years; during that period he led the life of an agriculturist. Finding it unsuitable to an artistic temperament, he returned to England, and was for many years a successful artist and teacher in London. In 1867 he came as a substitute for his son, Mr. F. White, who had been assistant drawing master here for nine years, and on his death in the following year was appointed in his place. In losing Mr. White, his friends have to mourn the loss of a truly amiable and kind hearted man, and the profession to regret the loss of a good water colour painter. It may not be out of place to mention that at no very distant date Mr. White was distinguished as a first-rate shot with the rifle, having on several occasions competed for the Queen's Prize."

Information provided by Sigrid McMahon, Melbourne, a direct descendant.

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