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    Sarah Noble Ives (American Artist and Illustrator, 1864-1944). Group of Two Original Paintings. "Tom, Tom, the pipers son, He learned to play when he was young"and "Bat, Bat, come under my hat." [Place of creation not identified but New York for the McLoughlin Brothers, not dated, circa 1910]. Illustration for "Mother Goose Gems [1911]. Illustrated in color by S. Noble Ives." "Tom, Tom, the pipers son, He learned to play when he was young." Ink, watercolor and gouache on paper, signed vertically in ink: "Noble Ives." Unframed. (Sheet: 13 15/16 x 11 inches; 355 x 280 mm). "Bat, Bat, come under my hat." Ink, watercolor and gouache on paper, signed vertically in ink: "N I." Unframed, but mounted early on patterned paper board. (Sheet: 14.75 x 11 3/8 inches; 358 x 289 mm; Mount: 16.25 x 13.5 inches; 410 x 340 mm). [Place of creation not identified but New York for the McLoughlin Brothers, not dated, ca. 1910]. Illustration for "Mother Goose Gems [1911]. Illustrated in color by S. Noble Ives." [Vintage hardback copy of the book included (binding defective, covers detached)]. Captioned with note and title at top of sheet; production marks at bottom. A few stray marks and blemishes, mostly to the edges, mount is bumped and soiled, else very good.
    Sarah Noble Ives was from Michigan, near Detroit, and after art studies in High School, she attended a Training School for Elocution and Literature run by Mrs. Edna Chaffee Noble, who was a suffragette and significant role model to Ms. Ives. She continued her education in New York at the School for Artists and Artisans and then also in Paris at the Académie Julian and Académie Delécluse. After Paris, Ms. Ives returned to New York City to find work as a freelance author and illustrator, then moved back to Port Huron, Michigan in 1921, and in 1925 retired to Altadena, California with her (also unmarried) sisters. She remained in Altadena for the rest of her life, in 1938 penning a history of her adopted town, Altadena, Compiled for the Altadena Historical and Beautification Society, published in Pasadena. Her home is featured on historical tours of Altadena.

    A versatile artist, illustrator, historian and author, Ms. Ives illustrated and wrote several children's books, among them: Dog Heroes of Many Lands and Songs of the Shining Way published in 1899 and dedicated to her teacher and mentor Mrs. Noble (from whom she took her professional pen-name). Her work appeared in numerous publications, including the New York Herald Tribune, McClure's, and The Boston Globe; and worked as a freelance illustrator for book publishers. She signed most commercial work with "Noble Ives" or "N-I" to disguise her gender and increase opportunities to gain freelance work. Also a gifted fine artist, she exhibited her landscapes and other oils in many art shows. As an accomplished illustrator she notably created color pictures for books published by the McLoughlin Brothers, including a series for an edition of Mother Goose's Nursery Rhymes.


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