Resolution J489-2013

Commemorating the 100th Anniversary of the birth of John A. Noble, one of the Nation's most distinguished marine artists

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  • Feb 28, 2013: ADOPTED
  • Feb 28, 2013: REPORTED TO CALENDAR FOR CONSIDERATION
  • Feb 13, 2013: REFERRED TO FINANCE

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LEGISLATIVE  RESOLUTION commemorating the 100th Anniversary of the birth
of John A. Noble, one of the Nation's most distinguished marine artists

WHEREAS, It is the sense of this Legislative  Body  to  pay  tribute  to
those  individuals  of historic and artistic significance whose creative
talents have contributed to the cultural enrichment of  our  communities
and our Nation; and
  WHEREAS,  Attendant to such concern, and in full accord with its long-
standing traditions, this Legislative Body is justly  proud  to  commem-
orate  the  100th  Anniversary of the birth of John A. Noble, one of the
Nation's most distinguished marine artists, to be celebrated  on  Satur-
day,  March  16,  2013, at the Snug Harbor Cultural Center and Botanical
Garden, Staten Island, New York; and
  WHEREAS, The Noble Maritime Collection  is  celebrating  the  occasion
with year-long programs called Tides of 100 Years; and
  WHEREAS,  Born  in  Paris  in  1913,  John  A. Noble, one of America's
distinguished marine artists, was a man whose  love  of  this  country's
maritime life was unbounded; and
  WHEREAS,  The  son  of the noted American Romantic painter, John Noble
(1874-1934), John A. Noble spent his early years in the art  studios  of
his father and his contemporaries; and
  WHEREAS,  John  A. Noble moved with his family to Provincetown, Massa-
chusetts in 1919, and later to New York City, as his father's prominence
grew; and
  WHEREAS, From 1928 until 1945, John A. Noble worked  as  a  seaman  on
schooners and in marine salvage; and
  WHEREAS,  In  1928,  while  on a schooner that was towing out down the
Kill van Kull, the  waterway  that  separates  Staten  Island  from  New
Jersey, John A. Noble saw the old Port Johnston coal docks for the first
time; and
  WHEREAS,  John  A.  Noble  took a job as a watchman there and began to
build his floating studio from salvaged vessel parts; and
  WHEREAS, From 1946 on, John A. Noble devoted  himself  exclusively  to
his art; and
  WHEREAS,  Often  accompanied by his wife, Susan, John A. Noble set off
from the houseboat in a rowboat to explore the  Harbor;  these  explora-
tions resulted in a unique record of Harbor history in which its charac-
ters, industries, and vessels are faithfully recorded; and
  WHEREAS,  John  A.  Noble's  lithographs,  drawings, oil paintings and
writings, along with his marine photographs, are  housed  at  the  Noble
Maritime  Collection,  in a former mariners' dormitory on the grounds of
Snug Harbor Cultural Center and Botanical Garden; and
  WHEREAS, The museum's centerpiece is John A. Noble's houseboat studio;
and
  WHEREAS, The museum, founded in 1987, celebrates the people and tradi-
tions of the working waterfront with exhibitions, programs, and  through
public access to its maritime art library and archives; and
  WHEREAS,  It  is  the intent of this Legislative Body to honor and pay
tribute to those individuals whose commitment and creative talents  have
contributed to the entertainment and cultural enrichment of the citizens
of the State of New York; now, therefore, be it
  RESOLVED,  That  this  Legislative  Body pause in its deliberations to
commemorate the 100th Anniversary of the birth of John A. Noble, one  of
the Nation's most distinguished marine artists; and be it further
  RESOLVED, That a copy of this Resolution, suitably engrossed, be tran-
smitted  to  the  Noble  Maritime Collection at the Snug Harbor Cultural
Center and Botanical Garden, Staten Island, New York.

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