H. Clarence Whaite and Lily F. Whaite Papers

Scope and Content

Papers, 1825-1912, of, or acquired by, the painter Henry Clarence Whaite, including correspondence, bills and vouchers, press cuttings, exhibition catalogues and related printed material, reflecting his work as an artist and as President of both the Manchester Academy of Fine Arts and the Royal Cambrian Academy; together with papers, 1825-1862, of the Whaite family of Manchester, and papers, 1873-1913, of the artist's daughter, Lily Whaite, a member of the Gwynedd Ladies' Art Society.
Twenty-six letters to H. Clarence Whaite from Frederick Alfred Slocombe, and his nephew Shirley Slocombe. These remain uncatalogued.
A collection of additional letters, 1900-1904, to Lily Whaite from her future husband, John Harris, Vicar of Harlech. This group remains uncatalogued.
A further consignment of papers were acquired by the Library, including diaries and journals documenting all Whaite's paintings and the exhibitions they were sent to from the early 1870s onwards. This group remains uncatalogued.


Arranged in two groups: H. Clarence Whaite Papers and Lily F. Whaite Papers

Access Information

Readers consulting modern papers in the National Library of Wales are required to sign the 'Modern papers - data protection' form.

Acquisition Information

Donated by Clarence Whaite's great-grandson, Mr David Mortimer-Jones, Conwy, August 1998. A further group was donated February 2006; A1998/123
Purchase; Richard M. Ford Ltd; London; January 2007
David Mortimer-Jones; Conwy; Donation; July 2010

Other Finding Aids

A hard copy of the catalogue is available at NLW.

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Archivist's Note

November 2001

Compiled by Rhiannon Michaelson-Yeates.

The following sources were used in the compilation of this description: Manchester Faces and Places, 1893; Peter Lord, Clarence Whaite and the Welsh art world: the Betws-y-coed artists' colony, 1844-1914 (Aberystwyth, 1998).

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright in the papers of Clarence Whaite and other members of the family belongs to David Mortimer-Jones, Tyddyn Cynal, Conwy, October 2001. Usual copyright laws apply to the correspondence.

Appraisal Information

Action: All of Whaite's papers donated to NLW have been retained..

Custodial History

Clarence Whaite acquired his parents' personal correspondence following the death of his father, Henry Whaite in 1869.


Accruals are not expected

Related Material

Printed maps, 1837-1897, (acc. no. 0200113196), are in NLW, Map Collections, and personal photographs, [c. 1860-c. 1920], (acc. no. 0200113201), and sketches, [c. 1880-c. 1930], (acc. no. 0200113204), are in NLW, Special Collections. His personal copies of some printed publications are also at NLW.

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