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William Davidson White
(1896-1971)

William Davidson White was born in Wilmington, Delaware in 1896, and from 1914 to 1916 studied at the prestigious Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Art, the oldest school of fine art in America, having been founded by Charles Wilson Peale in 1805. From 1916 to 1917 he studied under the well-known illustrators Gayle Porter Hoskins and Harvey Dunn (both students of Howard Pyle). His training as an illustrator is clearly apparent in his works, which commonly show dynamic poses, physical action and somewhat idealized depictions. In 1923, at the age of 27, he was commissioned by Percy G. Beckett (1882-1973), the Vice President and General Manager of Phelps Dodge Corporation, to travel to Arizona and paint the miners of Bisbee and nearby Nacozari, Mexico. Beckett was sufficiently satisfied with White's work that he hired him again in 1930 to create additional paintings. White's paintings adorned the offices of Phelps Dodge until 1958, when the corporation donated 16 of the artworks to the University of Arizona, where they may be viewed today in the U of A Mineral Museum. Another four of his paintings were given to the Jerome Historical Society and are currently on exhibit in the Society's Mine Museum. White also painted many mining scenes in Utah, and in the Pennsylvania coal country. He died in 1971.

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The Mineralogical Record: William Davidson White - Copper Queen Glory Hole Copper Queen Glory Hole
Oil on panel, about 14 x 20 inches (undated, 1923?). University of Arizona Mineral Museum collection, Tucson.
The Mineralogical Record: William Davidson White - Tramming Ore Underground, Bisbee Tramming Ore Underground, Bisbee
Oil on panel, about 14 x 20 inches (undated, 1923?). University of Arizona Mineral Museum collection, Tucson.
The Mineralogical Record: William Davidson White - End of Shift, Bisbee End of Shift, Bisbee
Oil on panel, about 14 x 20 inches (1924). University of Arizona Mineral Museum collection, Tucson.
The Mineralogical Record: William Davidson White - Descending a Manway, Bisbee Descending a Manway, Bisbee
Oil on panel, about 14 x 20 inches (1924). University of Arizona Mineral Museum collection, Tucson.
The Mineralogical Record: William Davidson White - Lunch Break Underground, Bisbee Lunch Break Underground, Bisbee
Oil on panel, about 14 x 20 inches (undated, 1923?). University of Arizona Mineral Museum collection, Tucson.
The Mineralogical Record: William Davidson White - Driving a Drift, Bisbee Driving a Drift, Bisbee
Oil on panel, about 14 x 20 inches (undated, 1930?). University of Arizona Mineral Museum collection, Tucson.
The Mineralogical Record: William Davidson White - Drilling at the Working Face, Bisbee Drilling at the Working Face, Bisbee
Oil on panel, about 14 x 20 inches (undated, 1923?). University of Arizona Mineral Museum collection, Tucson.
The Mineralogical Record: William Davidson White - Ore Train Underground Ore Train Underground
Oil on panel, about 14 x 20 inches (undated, 1930?). University of Arizona Mineral Museum collection, Tucson.
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