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 John Noble  (1874 - 1935)

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Lived/Active: Massachusetts/New York/Kansas      Known for: marine, animal-bison, and landscape painting

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This biography from the Archives of AskART:
John Noble is known for his paintings of the Texas plains, done while working for his father driving longhorn cattle up the Chisholm Trail, and in addition, he did commercial work as a draftsman and cartoonist. He was especially noted for his landscape paintings around Provincetown, Massachusetts.

Noble was born in Wichita, Kansas in 1874 and was raised on the Osage Reservation in Oklahoma. He received his first formal training at the Cincinnati Academy of Fine Arts and became a competent illustrator and cartoonist. He traveled the country working as a newspaper cartoonist and painter. In 1902, Noble went to Paris where he studied at the Academie Julian under Jean-Paul Laurens, and then on to Brussels where he attended the Academie des Beaux-Arts.

Noble lived several years on the coast of Brittany, working as a fisherman and painting in his free time. Later he moved to London before returning to the United States around 1920. He settled in Provincetown, Massachusetts and began earning prestigious prizes in exhibitions at the Salmagundi Club; the Corcoran Gallery of Art, and at the National Academy of Design.

Noble lived in New York City after 1924 and died there a decade later from paraldehyde poisoning.

He was a member of the Allied Artists of London; National Academy of Design; Connecticut Academy of Fine Arts, Hartford; Grand Central Galleries, New York; Paris-American Art Association; Provincetown Art Association, and the Salmagundi Club, New York.

Exhibitions included Art Institute of Chicago; Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia; Annual Exhibition Exhibition, National Academy of Design, New York, and the Daniel Gallery, New York.

John and Deborah Powers, "Texas Painters, Sculptors, and Graphic Artists"
Peter Falk, "Who Was Who in American Art"
Exhibition Record (Museums, Institutions and Awards):
Panama Pacific Exhibition, 1915; 1st Annual Kansas Artists Exhibition, 1925; 25th McPherson Exhibition (Catalogue of the Annual Art Exhibit. McPherson: McPherson High School Press, 1911-35) 1935.
National Academy of Design (Association 1924; Full 1927); American Art Association; Allied Artists of America; Provincetown Art Association; Connecticut Academy of Fine Arts; Salmagundi Club.

This biography from the Archives of AskART:
Born Wichita, March 15, 1874; died New York, NY, January 6, 1934. Painter, specialized in landscapes, animals, marine. Illustrator. Cartoonist. Raised on the Osage Reservation in Oklahoma. Studied at the Cincinnati Academy of Fine Arts then traveled the country working as a newspaper cartoonist and painter. In 1902, Noble went to Paris where he studied at the Academié Julian in Paris with Jean Paul Laurens, then in Brussels at the Academie des Beaux Arts. Lived on the coast of Brittany for several years working as a fisherman and painter before moving to London. Returned to the US and settled in Provincetown in 1919 where he led the Provincetown Art Association in the early 1920s. Known as “Wichita Bill” he was recognizable for his five-gallon Stetson hat, rattlesnake tie, and engaging stories of the prairie wilderness. Lived in New York from 1925-33. Irving Stone’s 1949 book, The Passionate Journey, was based on John Noble’s life.
High Museum of Art; Smithsonian Museum of American Art; Brooklyn Museum; Columbus Museum of Art; Phillips Collection; Whitney Museum of American Art; Spencer Museum of Art; Wichita Art Museum.

National Academy of Design (Association 1924; Full 1927); American Art Association; Allied Artists of America; Provincetown Art Association; Connecticut Academy of Fine Arts; Salmagundi Club.

Susan Craig, "Biographical Dictionary of Kansas Artists (active before 1945)"
WW 26-27; American Art Annual. New York: American Federation of Arts, 1898-194727; Reinbach, Edna, comp. “Kansas Art and Artists”, in Collections of the Kansas State Historical Society. v. 17, 1928. p. 571-585.; Sain, Lydia. Kansas Artists, compiled by Lydia Sain from 1932 to 1948. Typed Manuscript, 1948.; Newlin, Gertrude Dix (Development of Art in Kansas. Typed Manuscript, 1951); Festival of Kansas Arts and Crafts. Catalog: Arts and Crafts of Kansas: an Exhibition held in Lawrence, Feb. 18-22, 1948 in the Community Building. Lawrence: World Co., 1948 (il); Fielding, Mantle. Mantle Fielding’s Dictionary of American Painters, Sculptors and Engravers, with an Addendum containing Corrections and Additional Material on the Original Entries. Compiled by James F. Carr. New York: James F. Carr Publ., 1965.; Shipp, Steve. American Art Colonies, 1850-1930: a Historical Guide to America’s Original Art Colonies and Their Artists. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1996.; Julian; Spencer, Howard. The Legendary Wichita Bill: a Retrospective Exhibition of Paintings by John Noble. (Wichita: Wichita Art Museum, 1982); AskArt,, accessed Dec. 21, 2005.
This and over 1,750 other biographies can be found in Biographical Dictionary of Kansas Artists (active before 1945) compiled by Susan V. Craig, Art & Architecture Librarian at University of Kansas.

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