Detail from The Canal, Amsterdam, 1889, James McNeill Whistler, The Hunterian, University of Glasgow


Jane Noseda

Title: Mrs Noseda
Nationality: English
Date of birth: 1814
Place of birth: Strand, London
Date of death: ca 1894
Category: print dealer, publisher


Mrs Jane Noseda, the wife of Urban Noseda, was a print seller and print publisher in the Strand. They appear to have had at least three children, Urban, Edith and Bertha. Urban (ca 1854-1909) succeeded in the family print and publishing business. Her address was 24 Wellington Street, Strand, London (in 1871 or 1872), 109 Strand (1863, 1872-1883), King Street, St James's Square (from ca 1900).


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 Whistler'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 Whistler [GUW #12735, #12061, #12065].

Noseda and her husband were subpoenaed to produce both these works at Whistler's libel trial against John Ruskin in 1878 [GUW #08905, #11946, #13279]. Noseda also acquired a number of Whistler's sketches [see Studies for the Mummy Cloth & Notes for Dress m0568] and etchings.

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.


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Margaret F. MacDonald, Grischka Petri, Meg Hausberg, and Joanna Meacock, James McNeill Whistler: The Etchings, a catalogue raisonné, University of Glasgow, 2012, online.

British Museum website.