John Forbes White

(1831 - 1904)
John Forbes White Lodge at Seaton House Unknown


John Forbes White was a wealthy Aberdeen flour miller. He became interested in photography in his early twenties, learning wax paper processes from his boyhood friend and later brother-in-law, Thomas Keith. White took no more than one hundred wax paper negatives and had abandoned photography altogether by the time of his marriage in 1859. As White's wealth grew, he transferred his passion to picture collecting, purchasing his first Dutch painting at an exhibition in London in 1862, and later becoming an influential patron of contemporary Scottish art.