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 John Blake White  (1781 - 1859)

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Lived/Active: South Carolina      Known for: history, portrait and miniature painting

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Biography from Charleston Renaissance Gallery:
John Blake White was an historical, portrait, and miniature painter.   He was born September 2, 1781, near Eutaw Springs, South Carolina.  In 1899, he went to London and studied for three years under Benjamin West.  On his return to America in 1803, he painted portraits in Charleston and Boston (1804), but meeting with little success, turned to the study of law and began to practice in Charleston in 1808.

Except for a brief residence at Columbia, South Carolina about 1831, he spent the rest of his life in Charleston.  He continued to paint in his leisure, specializing in scenes from American history, four examples of which are in the Capitol at Washington.

He was a Director of the South Carolina Academy of Fine Arts.  White also wrote a number of plays which were performed in Charleston and elsewhere.  He was elected an Honorary Member of the National Academy in 1837, and exhibited there, as well as at the Boston Athenaeum and the Apollo Association.

He died in Charleston August 24, 1859.

George C. Groce and David H. Wallace, The New York Historical Society Dictionary of Artists in America: 1564-1860 (New Haven and London: Yale University Press), 1957.

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