UNIVERSITY of GLASGOW

The Corresponence of James McNeil Whistler

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Urban Noseda, ca 1854-1909?

Nationality: English
Date of Birth: 1854 ca
Place of Birth: London
Date of Death: 1909?
Place of Death:

Identity:

Urban Noseda, was the husband of Jane Noseda, a print seller and print publisher in the Strand. They appear to have had at least three children, Urban (b. ca 1854), Edith and Bertha.

Life:

Urban Noseda's wife had for a time in her possession Arrangement in Grey and Black: Portrait of the Painter's Mother (YMSM 101), which she apparently offered for sale for £100 to JW's anger. She also later held Nocturne in Black and Gold: The Falling Rocket (YMSM 170) and Arrangement in Brown (YMSM 182), two of four pictures deposited with her by Charles Augustus Howell, who often acted as intermediary between herself and JW (#12735, #12061, #12065). Urban Noseda and his wife were subpoenaed to produce both these works at JW's libel trial against John Ruskin in 1878 (#08905, #11946, #13279). Jane Noseda also acquired a number of JW's sketches (see Studies for the Mummy Cloth & Notes for Dress (M.568)) and etchings including The Storm (K.81), Speke Hall, No.1 (K.96), The Boy (K.135), Two Ships (K.148), London Bridge (K.153), Price's Candle Works (K.154), Little Smithfield (K.160) and Irving as Philip of Spain, No.1 (K.170) / Irving as Philip of Spain, No.2 (K.171) (#02829). In 1881, at the age of sixty-seven, Jane Noseda was a patient at the house of Edmund Smeeth, Southwark. A print sale of the collection of the late Urban Noseda was held at Sotheby's, London, on 2-4 June 1909.

Bibliography:

UK census 1881, from http://www.familysearch.org (accessed 2004); Pennell, Elizabeth Robins, and Joseph Pennell, The Life of James McNeill Whistler, 2 vols, London and Philadelphia, 1908; Young, Andrew McLaren, Margaret F. MacDonald, Robin Spencer and Hamish Miles, The Paintings of James McNeill Whistler, New Haven and London, 1980, MacDonald, Margaret F., James McNeill Whistler. Drawings, Pastels and Watercolours. A Catalogue Raisonné, New Haven and London, 1995.