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$ 35,000

View of Gravesend Bay

Documentation Signed
Documentation Notes Signed (at lower left): T.S. Noble 1905
Origin United States
Period 1900-1919
Materials Oil on canvas
W. 14 in; H. 18 in;
W. 35.56 cm; H. 45.72 cm;
Condition Excellent.
Creation Date 1905
Description Signed and dated (at lower left): T. S. Noble 1905; (on the back): T. S. Noble / 1905
Harbor view / Seascape
19th Century American Realist

Thomas Satterwhite Noble, who studied in France with Thomas Couture for three years, adapted his master’s genre style to American subjects. Born on his parents’ plantation in Kentucky in 1835, Noble was the son of a wealthy rope manufacturer. His early upbringing in Lexington, the center of that state’s slave trade in the antebellum South, undoubtedly informs many of his most noteworthy paintings. Though best known as a genre painter who often dealt with hot-button political issues, Noble painted other types of works as well, including portraits, landscapes, and history and mythological subjects.

Noble was a fixture in the art world of Cincinnati, Ohio, where he moved in 1869 to teach at the newly founded McMicken School of Art. There he remained until 1904, when he retired from the school and moved to Bensonhurst, Long Island, New York, though he retained some ties to Cincinnati. Before his death three years later, Noble executed a series of landscapes in oil depicting scenes off the coast of Bensonhurst, including the present canvas of Gravesend Bay. Noble showed forty of these landscapes in November and December 1905 at the Business Men’s Club in Cincinnati; it is possible that the present canvas was among them. The painting was included as part of a group of Bensonhurst landscapes in retrospective exhibitions of Noble’s work at the Cincinnati Museum of Art in 1907 and the Art Institute of Chicago in 1908.
Styles / Movements Realism
Dealer Reference Number APG 8342
Incollect Reference Number 170783
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