Sharing a gift

These sketches are from personal sketch books of Stanley H. White (1891-1979). They were given to me by his daughter, Jan White. Stanley was a professor of landscape architecture at the University of Illinois from 1922-1959 where he taught Hideo Sasaki, Stuart Dawson, Peter Walker, and Richard Haag among others. He moved his family to Denver for his retirement.  His brother is E.B. White, children’s author (Charlotte’s Web, Stuart Little).

Stanley was a romantic, expressive instructor. He supported a broad education emphasizing natural sciences and the arts. He aimed to distinguish the profession of landscape architecture from architecture, engineering, and planning with a strong connection to ecology and the land.

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4 Comments

  1. These sketches are wonderful- very inspiring! Makes me want to go out and sketch buildings and landscapes. They are a great window into the way he perceived places- love the line qualities. What a wonderful collection.

  2. It’s a lost art. Computers are great tools but they don’t lead to the understanding of place that one finds through the practice of sketching. What a gift.

  3. Yes, Laura. You are so right. These are lovely and truly personal…..like art should
    be.

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