William Clark Noble
who was born in Gardiner, Maine, was inspired to become a sculptor at the age of eight after reading the life story of the Danish sculptor Berthel Thorvaldsen. Noble studied art under the American painter Franklin Pierce and the American sculptor Richard Greenough. In 1879 he opened his first studio in Newport, Rhode Island and in 1892, moved to New York City where he opened a studio. Noble's most famous monumental sculpture works are The Soldiers' and Sailors' Monument in Newport, Rhode Island; The Phillips Brooks Monument in New York; and the portrait bust of General Potter in New York. Noble also executed monumental statues of Napoleon Bonaparte, Thomas Jefferson, and Anthony Wayne.