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Dorothy Elizabeth White (b. Southend, Essex, 7 June 1906; d. 1993) was educated at Chesea School of Art and Southend School of Art before joining Modern Art Studios in Holborn, London, which specialised in children's illustration, where she painted covers for annuals for the Amalgamated Press, including Playbox. Around 1933 she moved to the nearby Link Studios, where she was commissioned to draw a comic strip for The Boys' and Girls' Daily Mail.

She later went freelance, working from home in Southend, but returned to Link Studios in 1937. She became studio manager in 1939. When the studio's premises were destroyed in a German air raid in 1941, she set up the studio in her flat until new premises were found. In 1945 she was offered a partnership in the business, and became sole proprietor in 1957 following the death of the other partner, George Pashley.

Under White and Pashley, Link Studios ran an apprenticeship scheme for young artists. Artists who benefited from this scheme included John M. Burns (Modesty Blaise, Look-In, 2000 AD), Edwin Phillips (Look and Learn) Harry Lindfield (Eagle, Countdown), Barrie Mitchell (Roy of the Rovers), Tony Harding (The Victor, Action) and Mike Lacey (Cor!!, Jackpot). The studio supplied work to the Amalgamated Press and DC Thomson.

Throughout her time in management, White continued to draw comics, including strip versions of TV's Sooty and Pinky and Perky and work for Bimbo and School Friend. The Society for Strip Illustration gave her an award for "A Lifetime Devoted to Strip Illustration" in the late 1970s. Not long afterwards the studio closed, and White planned to retire to her country cottage in Kent, but she was offered the lead strip in a new weekly, Toby, which she drew into the 1980s.

ReferencesEdit

  • Alan Clarke, Dictionary of British Comic Artists, Writers and Editors, The British Library, 1998, p. 183-184

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