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Mr Matthew Noble

Matthew Noble (1817–1876) was a prominent English sculptor renowned for his exquisite craftsmanship and contributions to the Victorian era's art scene. Born in Hackness, Yorkshire, and baptised on 23 March 1817, Noble demonstrated an early talent for sculpting and drawing. His passion for the arts led him to study at the Royal Academy Schools in London, becoming a pupil of sculptor John Francis, while he honed his skills and developed a distinctive style.

Noble's career flourished during the mid-19th century, marked by his proficiency in producing sculptures that reflected the prevailing tastes and trends of the time. His works often showcased a blend of classicism and romanticism, capturing the essence of his subjects with remarkable attention to detail and emotion. Noble was a leading supplier of public statues and monuments in the north west of England in the mid-19th century. He also created several notable public statues in London.

One of Noble's notable achievements was his involvement in creating monuments and memorials, commemorating esteemed figures of the era. His sculptures adorned various public spaces, including Hyde Park in London, where his equestrian statue of the Duke of Wellington stands as a testament to his mastery in monumental works.

Notably, Noble's artistry extended beyond monuments to encompass portrait sculptures. His ability to capture the likeness and character of his subjects garnered him considerable acclaim. The lifelike qualities of his busts and statues made them sought after by both public and private collectors.

Throughout his career, Noble received numerous commissions and accolades for his contributions to the art world. His dedication to his craft and his commitment to excellence solidified his reputation as one of the foremost sculptors of his time.


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