William Clark Noble (1858 - 1938) was born in Gardiner Maine.  His father, a sea captain, died shortly after his birth and he was raised by his maternal grandfather. William showed a great fondness for art at an early age, spending many hours modeling animals in the local clay near his grandfathers home.  He decided he was going to become a full time sculptor at the age of eight after reading the life story of the Danish sculptor Berthel Thorvaldsen.   His grandfather died in 1870 and young William went to Boston and became an apprentice to an architectural sculptor for three years and also studied anatomy.  Noble continued to study art under the American painter Franklin Pierce and the American sculptor Richard Greenough in Boston before going to London. In 1879 he opened his first studio in Newport, Rhode Island, becoming a successful sculptor.  In 1892 Noble moved to New York City where he opened a studio.  He was to receive many monumental commissions during his career, most of them  being awarded after winning sculpture competitions.  Out of the 32 sculpture competitions for monuments Noble entered he won 29 of them which speaks for the talent of this highly respected artist.  His most famous monumental sculpture works are, The Soldiers' and Sailors' Monument in Newport, Rhode Island, The Phillips Brooks Monument in New York, and the portrait bust of General Potter owned by the Chamber of Commerce of New York. Noble executed the monumental statues of Napoleon Bonaparte, Thomas Jefferson, and Anthony Wayne for the 1904 Louisiana Purchase Exposition in St. Louis.

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