The Noble Maritime Collection presents
the opening reception for
Stobart at Noble

 John Stobart,  San Pedro:     The Bark  Vidette  Towing into Port at Sunrise in 1890 , oil on canvas, 1983;  courtesy of Kensington Galleries.

John Stobart, San Pedro:The Bark Vidette Towing into Port at Sunrise in 1890, oil on canvas, 1983; courtesy of Kensington Galleries.


Stobart at Noble
Thursday, March 22, 2018 from 5 to 8 PM

The Noble Maritime Collection will present Stobart at Noble, an exhibition of oil paintings and drawings by the preeminent maritime painter, John Stobart.  It will open with a reception in the museum’s library on Thursday, March 22 from 5 until 8 PM and continue through December 30, 2018. 

John Stobart is the master painter whose panoramic compositions recall the history of the maritime industry.  He has an international reputation and his work is in major art collections worldwide.  Stobart at Noble will feature a selection of his oil paintings and plein air drawings.  Stobart joined the Board of Trustees of the museum in 2001 and presented a retrospective exhibition at the museum in 2003. 

Born in Leicester, England, John Stobart showed an early aptitude for creativity and studied at the Derby College of Art and Royal Academy Schools.  Upon graduation, he embarked on a voyage to South Africa where he began a lifetime process of gathering material for his work in ports throughout the world.

He immigrated to Canada in 1957 and established his career as a painter, and in 1965 he moved with his family to the United States.  He founded Maritime Heritage Prints, Inc., through which he published limited edition prints of his works, in 1976, and in 1986 he published the first of his large-format books, Stobart, The Rediscovery of America's Maritime Heritage.

Stobart created the Stobart Foundation in 1989 for the purpose of awarding scholarships to qualified students who excel in outdoor on-site painting in oil on canvas.  While continuing his popular series of paintings of the historic ports of America, he continues his practice of painting contemporary outdoor subjects.

“Stobart and Noble were friends and mutual admirers,” commented the museum’s director, Erin Urban.  “They corresponded regularly, and though Noble’s work concentrated on the modern waterfront and Stobart captures its history, the two shared a passion for the sea and an affinity for the life of an artist.”

The opening of Stobart at Noble will also feature additions to the museum’s other exhibitions. 

Alexander Hamilton commissioned the first federal lighthouse, Cape Henry lighthouse, and an exhibition in the museum’s Writing Room will feature a scale model by Michael McWeeney of the structure.  Hamilton is renowned for writing the will that established Sailors’ Snug Harbor, the refuge for needy mariners, and the Noble Maritime Collection is housed is a former dormitory at the site.   

The museum will update the timeline of the history of its own lighthouse at Robbins Reef with photographs of the improvements made by Noble Crew, the museum’s corps of volunteers.  The timeline is part of the exhibition Robbins Reef Lighthouse: A Home in the Harbor.

The museum will also exhibit three recently restored antique paintings from the Collection of the Trustees of Sailors’ Snug Harbor in its Treasures of Sailors’ Snug Harbor exhibition.  The artists are Thomas Luny (1759-1837), Warren Sheppard (1858-1937), and Antonio Nicolo Gasparo Jacobsen (1850-1921). 

The museum will add a recently donated suit of clothing issued to a resident when admitted to the refuge to its Daily Life at Sailors’ Snug Harbor exhibition and scrapbooks of albumen photographs recording the admission of residents taken between 1870 and 1920 to its exhibition in the Writing Room, a period room restored to its original appearance in the time of Sailors’ Snug Harbor.  The photograph albums are on loan to the museum from the Collection of the Trustees of the Sailors’ Snug Harbor at Luce Library, SUNY Maritime College.

Reservations for the cocktail reception on March 22 are $30 per person, $25 for museum members.  We hope to see you there!