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  • Design
    Webb, Philip Speakman, born 1831 - died 1915
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    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

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    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level E, case A, shelf 278

Pencil drawing on paper showing an unidentified sketch and calculations relating to Sandroyd, Cobham.

Sandroyd, now known as Benfleet Hall, in Cobham, Surrey, was Webb's second studio house. It was commissioned by James Spencer Stanhope, an aristocratic painter who had been the pupil of George Frederick Watts, for whom Webb would also later design a studio house. Sandroyd was originally designed in 1860 and constructed by 1861; in 1864 Webb enlarged the domestic offices, and in 1870 carried out further additions. Webb also designed some of the interior details, such as the fireplaces and stained glass panels.

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 on paper showing an unidentified sketch and calculations relating to Sandroyd, Cobham.

Place of Origin





Webb, Philip Speakman, born 1831 - died 1915

Materials and Techniques

Pencil drawing on paper


Width: 56.3 cm, Height: 26 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.

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Unidentified sketch and calculations relating to Sandroyd, Cobham, by Philip Webb




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