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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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Number of artworks found: 16 | Artworks being viewed: 9 to 16

The Mineralogical Record: William Davidson White - In the Sacramento Pit, Bisbee In the Sacramento Pit, Bisbee
Oil on panel, about 14 x 20 inches (1923). University of Arizona Mineral Museum collection, Tucson.
The Mineralogical Record: William Davidson White - End of Shift, Sacramento Pit, Bisbee End of Shift, Sacramento Pit, Bisbee
Oil on panel, about 14 x 20 inches (1923). University of Arizona Mineral Museum collection, Tucson.
The Mineralogical Record: William Davidson White - Blaster Men, Bisbee Blaster Men, Bisbee
Oil on panel, about 14 x 20 inches (1923). University of Arizona Mineral Museum collection, Tucson.
The Mineralogical Record: William Davidson White - Trains in the Pit, Bisbee Trains in the Pit, Bisbee
Oil on panel, about 14 x 20 inches (1923). University of Arizona Mineral Museum collection, Tucson.
The Mineralogical Record: William Davidson White - Payday, Bisbee Payday, Bisbee
Oil on panel, about 14 x 20 inches (undated, 1930?). University of Arizona Mineral Museum collection, Tucson.
The Mineralogical Record: William Davidson White - Miners' Village, Bisbee Miners' Village, Bisbee
Oil on panel, about 14 x 20 inches (1924). University of Arizona Mineral Museum collection, Tucson.
The Mineralogical Record: William Davidson White - Miners with Carbide Lamps Miners with Carbide Lamps
Oil on panel, about 14 x 20 inches (1924). University of Arizona Mineral Museum collection, Tucson.
The Mineralogical Record: William Davidson White - Trammer, Bisbee Trammer, Bisbee
Oil on panel, about 14 x 20 inches (1923). University of Arizona Mineral Museum collection, Tucson.
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