Southwest 1964 Oil Painting by FBI Agent William Samuel Noisette
Samuel William Noisette (1900-1972) was a very talented artist and a special agent in the FBI. "Sam" worked for J. Edgar Hoover for 40 years and created hundreds of paintings during that time. He began painting as a child of 10 in North Carolina and continued throughout his life. His works were exhibited at 32 consecutive one-man art shows at the Phyllis Wheatley YWCA (named for the first African-American poet.) He also exhibited at the Corcoran Gallery of Art and the Smithsonian Institution.
This large oil painting on canvas board depicts a landscape, one of Mr. Noisette's favorite things to paint. The desert is lit by a flaming sunset, with mountains and multitudes of cacti. The colors are intense and the overall scene impressive and eye-catching. It's hand signed by the artist lower right: W.S. Noisette 1964. Taped on the reverse side is an extensive, original Washington Post newspaper obituary with a handwritten date of 12/21/72 in the upper right corner.
The painting size is 17 1/2 inches by 23 inches; it's surrounded by a wide, stepped oak frame with a natural finish and a hanging wire on the back. The framed size is 23 by 29 by 2 inches deep. It weighs 5 1/2 pounds and is in excellent condition.
Paintings by Sam Noisette, especially major ones like this, do not often come to market, so this is a rare opportunity to own and display one of his memorable artworks.