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Architectural drawing
  • Architectural drawing
    Webb, Philip Speakman, born 1831 - died 1915
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Architectural drawing

  • Place of origin:

    Britain

  • Date:

    1868

  • Artist/Maker:

    Webb, Philip Speakman, born 1831 - died 1915

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Pencil drawing on paper

  • Credit Line:

    Accepted in lieu of Inheritance Tax by H M Government from the estate of John Brandon-Jones and allocated to the Victoria and Albert Museum, 2014

  • Museum number:

    E.333-2014

  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level E, case A, shelf 279

Pencil drawing showing the attic at Toft Hall. The drawing is extensively annotated with measurements and notes about guttering. This drawing is number 4 in a series of 7 survey drawings for Toft Hall. On the reverse is a red ink smudge and a series of ink lines. Drawing number 2 in this series is dated 'November, 23,24, 1868'. Webb carried out alterations and improvements of the domestic offices and servants' quarters at Toft Hall for Rafe Oswald Leycester.

Philip Speakman Webb (Oxford, 1831-Sussex, 1915) was a prominent British architect who designed numerous buildings throughout Great Britain. Known for his contributions to British vernacular architecture, Webb was also a skilled draughtsman, and designer of tableware, tiles, stained glass, and furniture. He also designed gravestones and memorials for his friends and clients. Webb lent his hand to many collaborative projects and worked closely with his colleagues, namely William Morris, Dante Gabriel Rossetti, and Edward Burne Jones. His precise drawings of animals, particularly birds, frequently adorn tiles, stained glass, textiles, and wallpaper produced by Morris and Co. Webb is best known for designing Morris’ Red House in Bexleyheath, as well as Clouds House, Naworth Castle, and several London town houses. Among his other accomplishments, Webb is attributed with laying the groundwork for the Arts and Crafts and Modern movements, establishing longstanding principles in historic preservation, and creating some of the most influential designs still studied and celebrated today.

Physical description

Pencil drawing showing the attic at Toft Hall. The drawing is extensively annotated with measurements and notes about guttering. This drawing is number 4 in a series of 7 survey drawings for Toft Hall. On the reverse is a red ink smudge and a series of ink lines.

Place of Origin

Britain

Date

1868

Artist/maker

Webb, Philip Speakman, born 1831 - died 1915

Materials and Techniques

Pencil drawing on paper

Dimensions

Width: 37.8 cm, Height: 28.2 cm

Object history note

This object is part of a set of 278 designs and drawings formerly in the collection of John Brandon-Jones. Brandon-Jones was an architect and architectural historian.

Descriptive line

Survey drawing of the attic at Toft Hall, Cheshire, by Philip Webb, 1868

Categories

Designs

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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