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Noble, Howard Agnew (American industrialist, 1874-1964)

Note: Howard Agnew Noble was born in Pittsburgh in 1874, the son of Daniel Cram Noble and Elizabeth H. Noble. He received a bachelor degree in engineering from MIT in 1897, though records show that he also attended classes in mechanical engineering at the University of Pittsburgh at some point during 1896. Mr. Noble was a member of The American Society of Mechanical Engineers. He joined Pittsburgh Spring and Steel Co., which had been founded by his father in 1902, becoming Vice-President of the company by 1915 and eventually President until his retirement in 1945. He was also director of the Dollar Savings Bank, as his father had been. Mr. Noble married Katherine Babcock (born ca. 1880) of Johnstown, Pennsylvania, on December 7, 1910. They lived on Shady Avenue, as did his parents, and belonged to prominent clubs, such as the Duquesne Club. Beyond that, it appears that they led a rather quiet social life. Mrs. Noble was a violinist, who performed in a piano trio and as part of other musical ensembles in Pittsburgh area musicales in the 1920s and 1930s; she was also active in the Music and Art Committee at the Twentieth Century Club. The Nobles traveled widely in the United States and visited Europe regularly, often for extensive periods. It appears that Mr. Noble did not start to collect seriously until his late forties (or even early fifties, if one newspaper account of his first old master acquisition is correct.) During their travels, the Nobles were avid museum and gallery visitors and many of the works in the collection were acquired during the couple's trips to Europe. As collections go, it was formed in a relatively short period of time (about 20 years) and it remained essentially unchanged over many years. The Noble collection, in large part, was documented in the Frick Art Reference Library Photoarchive in November 1939 and it was complete by April 1944, when all of the works in the bequest were shown publicly for the first time at Carnegie Institute's Exhibition of Paintings from the Collection of Howard A. Noble.

Noble, Howard Agnew (preferred,U,index)
Howard Agnew Noble (U,display)

American (preferred)

executive (preferred)

Gender: male

active:   Pittsburgh (Allegheny county, Pennsylvania, United States) (inhabited place)

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 ....  Non-Artists
 ........  Noble, Howard Agnew (I,U)

(American industrialist, 1874-1964) ..... [PROV Preferred]

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Howard Agnew Noble ........ [PROV, VP]
.....................................  Getty Vocabulary Program rules
Noble, Howard Agnew ........ [PROV Preferred]
.......................................  Provenance Index Databases, Authority file (1985-)

Subject: ........ [PROV, VP]
.................... d-carnegie-museum-of-art/
English .......... [VP]
.......... Provenance Index Databases, Authority file (1985-)
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