WHITE, Peter

1921 - 1985

Peter White

Peter Robert Russell White, was born in South Africa on 21 December 1921, his father was an engineer and his mother, Olive White, was an artist and they returned to live at Surrey, England in the early 1930s. Peter was educated at Ottershaw College and studied at Camberwell College of Arts and at the Royal Academy Schools, attempting to catch up some training that he had missed because of the Second World War. A 2nd lieutenant in the Kingís Own Scottish Borderers and an account of his war with some of his drawings are in his book 'With the Jocks' (Sutton 2001) in which there is a publisherís epilogue which includes 'White went back to his studies at the Royal Academy from where he graduated in 1951'. For the next fifteen years, Peter toured Europe, Spain, Portugal and southern France, and went overland to Yugoslavia and Greece, either by motorbike or by a car towing a caravan, making a living writing, painting, illustrating geography text books and teaching English and French. On his return to England in 1966, he set up in business taking painting commissions, mainly portraits but also landscapes, and his work became noted on both sides of the Atlantic. He married at Wimbledon registry office on 11 November 1972, Elizabeth Colchester née Packard and they lived in Aldeburgh, Suffolk and where he had his studio. He died from a heart attack, whilst restoring a picture at his home at 283 High Street, Aldeburgh on 7 November 1985, aged 64. His geography text-books contain many of his pictures which date from the early 1950s.

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