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Jane Noseda, b. 1813 or 1814

Nationality: English
Date of Birth: 1813 or 1814
Place of Birth: Strand, London


Mrs Jane Noseda, the wife of Urban Noseda, was a print seller and print publisher in the Strand.


Noseda had for a time in her possession Arrangement in Grey and Black: Portrait of the Painter's Mother y101, which she apparently offered for sale for £100 to JW's anger. She also later held Nocturne in Black and Gold: The Falling Rocket y170 and Arrangement in Brown y182, two of four pictures deposited with her by Charles Augustus Howell, who often acted as intermediary between herself and JW [#12735, #12061, #12065]. Noseda and her husband were subpoenaed to produce both these works at JW's libel trial against John Ruskin in 1878 [#08905, #11946, #13279]. Noseda also acquired a number of JW's sketches [see Studies for the Mummy Cloth & Notes for Dress m0568] and etchings including The Storm 081, Speke Hall: The Avenue 101, The Boy (Charlie Hanson) 145, The Two Ships 143, London Bridge 172, Price's Candle Factory 166, Little Smithfield 154 and Irving as Philip of Spain, No. 1 158 / Irving as Philip of Spain, No. 2 159 [#02829]. In 1881, at the age of sixty-seven, Noseda was a patient at the house of Edmund Smeeth, Southwark. A print sale of the late Urban Noseda was held at Sotheby's, London, on 2-4 June 1909.


UK census 1881, from (accessed 2004); Pennell, Elizabeth Robins, and Joseph Pennell, The Life of James McNeill Whistler, 2 vols, London and Philadelphia, 1908; Lugt, Frits, Les marques de collections de dessins et d'estampes: marques estampillèes et écrites de collections particulières et publiques; marques de marchands, de monteurs et d'imprimeurs; etc..., Amsterdam, 1921, no. 1948; 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.