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.