In 1947, Tudor Publishing Company published Natural Figure Drawing, a manual for artists and would-be artists about ways in which the anatomy of the human figure can most effectively be captured on paper. Written by Anton Refregier, himself an artist, whose work was itself featured in this manual. Another artist to have work featured in the publication was Charles White, an artist who had clearly emerged as a highly skilled drawer of the human form. White's drawing appeared at the end of Chapter Seven, "Drawings by Old and Modern Masters.", a chapter that carried the subtitle "The interests, points of view and methods of a group of artists."
White's drawing (of an unclothed seated woman) carried no additional credit, but was accompanied by the following text:
Charles White, whose striking drawing appears on this page, is a well known young Negro painter, graphic artist, and mural painter, born in Chicago. About his work, he writes the following: "By constantly drawing everything around me, whatever happens to attract my eye or arouses my imagination, I have learned invaluable documentary lessons.
"Through this medium I find the source of visual clarification necessary before I move to the final execution of my chosen subject in paint. Although I experiment with many drawing medias and combination of medias, I generally use pen and ink or wolf pencil.
"To me, drawing is an acid test in revealing an artist's abilities and full potentialities."