A Wooded Landscape with Two Deer by a Lake

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White started out as a watercolourist and moved in the artistic circles of his day. He was a member of the London Group (1915) and the New England Art Club (1921). He studied at St John's Wood School of Art in London in 1919. White turned to wood engraving in 1920, when the dance historian, critic and publisher Cyril Beaumont (1891 - 1976) asked him to do work for the Beaumont Press. His wood engravings illustrated Henry David Thoreau's 'Walden' for Penguin Illustrated Classics in 1938. Born to a weatlhy family, White did not rely on his art for income. In the 1920s he purchased a horse drawn caravan, in which he travelled around London and Southern England with his wife, Elizabeth Crofton Dodwell. His main subject was very much the English pastoral landscape; he was also influenced by the French post-impressionists and British avant-garde. White was an early member of the Society of Wood Engravers, a founding member of the English Wood Engraving Society (1925) and a member of the Royal Watercolour Society and the Artists' International Association. He exhibited at the Royal Academy.