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James Campbell NOBLE

1846 - 1913

James Campbell Noble was a Scottish painter. He signed his paintings, mostly in the left hand bottom corner, as J.C. Noble or as J. Campbell Noble.

He initially studied at the board of manufacturing in Edinburgh and then at the Royal Scottish Academy schools under William McTaggart and George Calmers.

James Campbell Noble was born in Edinburgh in 1846 and was the cousin of the painter Robert Noble RSA (1857-1917), who's teacher he was. He traveled throughout Europe to paint, where the Netherlands and Italy were particularly favorites. Initially he began with rustic genre like dark cottages and outside life. Then when he became a member of ARSA in 1879 and the Royal Scottish Academy in 1892, he abandoned the previous subject for land- and seascape scenery and marine paintings of rivers and ports. He painted the scenery on the Clyde, Seine, Tyne, Merwede, Maas (Meus) and Rhine.

For a long part of his live he actually lived in the Netherlands where his favorite port for painting seemed to have been Dordrecht, Dort for short. There are quite a number of his oil paintings painted in this harbour facinity, which also seem to have attracted other painters. However he also painted in places like 's-Gravendeel, Volendam and Zaandam. In the early 1880s he painted the rocky coastal scenes of Berwickshire whilst he was living in Coldingham. He returned however to the Netherlands in 1900 painting the Dutch waterways again.

Towards the end of his life he lived again in Scotland, where he lived in Dumfries and Galloway and where he is also mentioned in Corstorphine in 1896. His ‘Sunset near Glencaple’ exhibited at Royal Scottish Academy in 1913. His portrait was painted by the well known portrait painter John Pettie and is exhibited in the Scottish National Gallery in Edinburgh. He died on 25 September 1913 in Ledaig, Argyll. .

He exhibited at the Royal Scottish Academy, Royal Glasgow Institute of Fine Art, Liverpool Museum, Aberdeen Artists Society and the Royal Academy from 1880 - 1886

His work can be found in Stirling Museum; Perth and Kinros Council; Royal Scottish Academy; Fife Council; Stirling Museum; Laurence House Museum; Museum Sheffield; Glasgow Museum; National Museum Liverpool; Aberdeen Museum

Noble, James Campbell


A Scene in Dordrecht, Holland

10 x 14

Oil on Board

Price band: G (from £1500 to £3000)

Size band: A (Small)

Subjects: Landscape, River Scenes

Categories: Impressionist, Victorian