About this artwork
The earliest works in this sketchbook date from White’s days at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, where he enrolled in 1937. It features approximately 50 drawings in watercolor, pen and ink, graphite, various charcoals, combinations of prepared grounds with colored dry media, and pen and ink or dry brush over ink or watercolor wash. He frequently added historical notes, technical descriptions, and generic titles (e.g., “sketch for block print,” “study for composition”) to his sketchbook drawings, giving insight into his interests and processes. Several pages feature studies of African sculptures, with notations on their cultural origins. White also made a quick, penetrating pencil portrait of poet Langston Hughes, recorded during a lecture on April 1, 1938, at the Chicago Public Library.
- Currently Off View
- Prints and Drawings
- Charles White
- United States
- Charcoal, pastel, ink, graphite, pen and inks and watercolor on ivory wove paper
- 260 × 205 mm (overall)
- Purchase, Ada Turnbull Hertle Fund, Director’s Fund, Olivia Shaler Swan Memorial Endowment Fund, Hugh Leander and Mary Trumbull Adams Memorial Endowment Fund; and funds provided by Mary P. Hines, Mr. and Mrs. Robert S. Hartman, Ruth Hartman through the Regenstein Foundation, Marshall Field, Denise and Gary Gardner, John Nichols, Sandra and Deven Rand, Amina J. Dickerson, Jean Rudd and Lionel E. Bolin, Esther Sparks Sprague, Lynn Evans in memory of Beatrice Barnett Evans and John W. Evans, Jr., James T. Parker, Patricia Pratt in memory of Marion White Pratt Lindsay, Edwin T. White, Jr., Daniel Schulman, Frederick G. and Joele Jones Michaud
- © The Charles White Archives Inc.