In 1878 kodaks and picture post cards were unknown. White was, therefore, kept busy sketching, for he knew that if he intended to carry away any tangible reminder of the buildings encountered on his travels, he must rely upon his pencil. In the thirteen months he spent touring France, Belgium, Holland and Northern Italy, he filled six large folio scrap books with drawings and water colors, most of them no more than architectural notes, but all of them rewarding attention, for, as McKim said, when recommending him as a possible partner to Mead, “he can draw like a house afire.”
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