John Sargent Noble studied at the R.A. Schools and was a pupil of Edwin Landseer. He exhibited regularly at the Royal Academy in London from 1866 to 1895, showing works such as Otter Hounds (1876), Royal Captives (1888) and Trusty Friends (1890). He also exhibited at the Royal Institute of Painters in Water Colours, Royal Institute of Oil Painters, Fine Art Society and Arthur Tooth and Sons Gallery in London, as well as at the Royal Society of Artists in Birmingham, Glasgow Institute of the Fine Arts, Walker Art Gallery in Liverpool and Manchester City Gallery. In 1872 he was elected a member of the Society of British Artists, a society that appointed JW its President in 1886. In 1887, during JW's Presidency, Noble sat on the SBA Council.