Matthew Noble

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David Napier by Matthew Noble 1871
Noble's statue of Sir James Outram, 1st Baronet (1871), Whitehall Gardens, London
Matthew Noble's grave, Brompton Cemetery, London
Lady van den Bempde-Johnstone (d 1853) in the Chancel of the Church of St Peter, Hackness

Matthew Noble (23 March 1817 – 23 June 1876) was a leading British portrait sculptor. Carver of numerous monumental figures and busts including work memorializing Victorian era royalty and statesmen displayed in locations such as Westminster Abbey, St. Paul's Cathedral and in Parliament Square, London.[1]


Noble was born in Hackness, near Scarborough, as the son of a stonemason, and served his apprenticeship under his father. He left Yorkshire for London when quite young, there he studied under John Francis (the father of sculptor Mary Thornycroft). Exhibiting regularly at the Royal Academy from 1845 until his death, Noble became recognised after winning the competition to construct the Wellington Monument in Manchester in 1856.

Although prolific Noble was never in perfect health. He died at the age of 58 and is buried in Brompton Cemetery, London, on the west side of the main entrance path from the north, towards the central colonnade. His uncompleted works were finished by his assistant, J. Edwards.

Selected works


  1. ^ Robinson, Leonard (2007). William Etty: The Life and Art. Jefferson, NC: McFarland & Company, Inc. p. 418. ISBN 978-0-7864-2531-0.
  2. ^ Sharples, Joseph; Pollard, Richard. Liverpool. In Pollard, Richard; Pevsner, Nikolaus (2006). The Buildings of England: Lancashire: Liverpool and the South-West. New Haven & London: Yale University Press. p. 296. ISBN 0-300-10910-5.
  3. ^ "Oliver Cromwell". Public Monument and Sculpture Association. Retrieved 18 March 2016.



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