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Peter Whyte

Birthdate: (61)
Birthplace: Banff, AB, Canada
Death: December 3, 1966 (61)
Banff, AB, Canada
Immediate Family:

Son of Dave White and Annie White
Husband of Catharine Whyte
Brother of Clifford J. White, Sr.; Lila Stockand and Dave "Jackie" White

Managed by: Gilbert M. "Gibbs" Roddy II
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About Peter Whyte

Peter Whyte (1905-1966) and his wife, Catharine Whyte (Robb) (1906-1979) were painters of Canadian mountainscapes, who founded the Whyte Museum of the Rockies, Banff, Alberta, Canada.

The museum says (2009, that "Peter was born in January of 1905, just one year before Banff was introduced to the luxuries of electricity and telephones. His father, Dave White, was a general merchant who owned a dry goods firm in Banff, and had been a CPR section man at Sawback west of Banff from 1886 until 1893. Peter's mother, Annie, was the daughter of John Donaldson Curren, a coal scout and painter.

As Peter grew up in Banff he enjoyed activities such as snowshoe outings, skiing and hiking. He also took the opportunity to learn from the resident artists of Banff and those passing through. These artistic influences enticed Peter to consider painting as a career. Belmore Browne, a remarkable outdoors-man/painter, and Nora Drummond-Davis, an illustrator for a British postcard company, were early instructors that gave Peter private lessons in painting and cartooning. Peter's academic art instruction began when New England landscape painter Aldro T. Hibbard encouraged Peter to enroll at the Boston Museum School of Fine Art in 1925, and in 1927 he met Catharine Robb. There he studied anatomy, figure drawing and portrait painting. Back in Banff Peter learned landscape techniques from Belmore Browne, Aldro T. Hibbard, Carl Rungius and J.E.H. MacDonald, the Toronto painter and oldest member of the Group of Seven. Peter and Catharine were married in 1930 and settled in Peter's hometown where they built a log home and studio. Peter was actively involved in the portrait painting of noteworthy individuals from his community and landscape painting until his death in 1966."

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Email message from Chic Scott to Michael Delahunt on April 21, 2013:

Hi Michael,

Thank you for contactng me. I can help you with the White/Whyte family tree but I do not have it digitized at the moment. It is on a giant 4 foot x 4 foot poster board. I am writing a book about the family and the family tree will be in the book when it is published (anticipated date is June 2014). Of course I would prefer that the information not be made public until the book is published.

Regarding your question about Dave White: Peter's father's name was Dave and he also had a brother Dave (who was known as Jackie). Dave (Jackie) was married to Barbara Carpenter and Jon Whyte is their son.

Source: Chic Scott's email:

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Peter Whyte's Timeline

January 22, 1905
Banff, AB, Canada
December 3, 1966
Age 61
Banff, AB, Canada