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Monday, 21 October 2013

Did Anyone Know Edwin Noble?

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St Barbe Museum and Gallery in Lymington are searching for anyone who remembers WWI War Artist, Edwin Noble, who was a Milford on Sea resident.
The museum is in the midst of researching and bringing together material for a special exhibition next year to mark the centenary of the outbreak of the World War 1. The exhibition will be entitled: ‘Home Lad Home - Hampshire's War Horses.’
They are hoping to include material about, Edwin Noble (Also known as John Edwin Noble), who was a popular illustrator and teacher who studied at the Slade School of Fine Art and served as a sergeant in the Royal Army Veterinary Corps during World War One, where he was employed as an official war artist, depicting horses and mules in charcoal and watercolour.
In addition to Slade, he also studied at Lambeth School of Art and the Royal Academy Schools. Subsequently he became instructor at Calderon’s School of Animal Painting and a lecturer on animal drawing and anatomy at the Central and Camberwell Schools of Arts and Crafts. He was a member of the Royal Society of British Artists and a Fellow of the Zoological Society and exhibited widely from 1898 through 1930 at the Royal Academy, the Royal Scottish Academy and the Fine Art Society.

He married Beatrice Greenwood (also an artist) and lived in Milford on Sea from 1922 until his death in 1941.

Edwin also painted colourful posters for Underground Electric Railway Company Ltd (now London Underground) in 1916. click here to see his posters  He also published a children's book; 'A little book of birds and beasts' with the same company.

Interestingly, there was a book published by 'Edwin Noble' in 2002 which was entitled Animal Drawing and Anatomy. The detailed illustrations are similar to his work, however due to the late publication date, it is unknown if they were his drawing, the modern work of a relative or simply a big coincidence.

St Barbe's are interested in finding out more about Edwin Noble, and wondered if there are relatives or family friends still in the area with memories, family archives, or any local photographs?
If you are able to help us with any of these, please get in touch with:

St Barbe Museum
Tel: 01590 676969 -

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