- Also known as
William Benoni White
primary name: White, William Benoni
- individual; British; Male
- Life dates
- 14 Brownlow Street, Holborn, London
- Major dealer in prints and drawings, especially British drawings and watercolours. Son of William Warburton Benoni, artist; of Brownlow Street, Holborn; 1814, admitted to St Paul's School.
Posthumous sales at Christie's: paintings, 23-24.v.1879; prints, 3-6.vi.1879, 29.vii.1879 and three following days, 6-7.viii.1879; books, 23.vii.1879; drawings, 29-30.i.1880. The catalogues state that the stock had remained at his premises sicne he retired from business 16 years before, ie 1863. Since the catalogues refer to a High Court (Probate Division) case Bull v. Clarke, there had clearly been a lawsuit about his estate, which implies that he died long before 1879. His mark is a small blind-stamp, W on recto.
Appears to have been in partnership with brother William Johnstone White (q.v.), who was also a printmaker; both give their address as 14 Brownlow Street, where W B White is recorded as living at the age of 11 in the St Paul's School register for 1814. In his report to the Trustees of 22 April 1868, G. W. Reid refers to the collection of prints and drawings to be purchased from White (presumably William Benoni): "Mr Reid, has also, as mentioned in his report of Oct. 9, 1867, made a somewhat extensive selection from the stock of prints and drawings belonging to Mr. White, who retired from business some years ago owing to declining of health, and who has offered him an opportunity of selecting whatever he might deem desirable for the Museum Colln. at an excessively moderate price. Mr. Reid would like to forward some of the money due for these articles without delay to Mr White but at present, but little prospect of so doing with the means at his disposal."; he continues by asking if the Trustees to apply to Parliament for a special grant for various purchases including £200 to be paid to White.
- Lugt 2592
Admission registers of St. Paul's school, from 1748 to 1876
http://www.oldbaileyonline.org/browse.jsp?id=t18181202-119&div=t18181202-119 (Old Bailey case concerning theft from White by an employee, 1818)