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Thomas Satterwhite Noble
Date: 1835 - 1907
Remarks: Thomas Satterwhite Noble was born in Lexington, Kentucky on May 29, 1835. By the age of six he was already sketching. He studied drawing under Reverend John W. Venable and in 1852 worked in the Louisville studio of Samuel Woodson Price. Later that same year he went to New York City to study painting and drawing, and within three years was in Paris, where he enrolled in Thomas Couture's class at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts. Thereafter, he visited Munich and studied briefly under Wagner. Returning home around 1859 Noble soon enlisted as a captain in the Confederate army serving in New Orleans and elsewhere during the Civil War. His duties in the army included building bridges and designing guns. When the fighting ended, Noble went to St. Louis; within two years, however, he had found his way back to New York and established a studio. In 1867 Noble was elected as an associate of the National Academy of Design but exhibited there only four years. The summer of 1868 was spent at Leeds in the Catskills, wehre he befriended the painter George Inness who often had Noble sketch in the figures for his landscapes. That same year Noble accepted an invitation from George Ward Nicholas, with whom he had roomed as a student in Paris, to head the new art department at McMicken University's School of Design (later called the Art Academy of Cincinnati). Noble was appointed professor of art and the first principal of the School of Design for the following year. He also won election to the Chicago Academy of Fine Arts. Noble exhibited at tha Philadelphia Centennial Exposition in 1876 and three years later at the Cincinnati Industrial Exposition, where he received a gold medal. In 1904 he participated in the Louisiana Purchase Exposition in St. Louis, and was elected to honorary membership in the Western Artists' Association as well as the Cincinnati Art Club. By 1905 he had retired from teaching and moved to New York, where he died on April 27, 1907.