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    Webb, Philip Speakman, born 1831 - died 1915
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Design

  • Place of origin:

    Britain

  • Date:

    1870s

  • Artist/Maker:

    Webb, Philip Speakman, born 1831 - died 1915

  • 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.340-2014

  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level E, case DD, shelf 23

This is a design drawing in pencil, ink, and coloured watercolour on paper by Philip Webb, showing designs for the extension and alteration to Constantine Alexander Ionides' house at 8 Holland Villas Road, Kensington. This drawing shows interior elevations, exterior elevations and a section of the two upper floors of the house, and a plan of the basement. The drawings are labelled with details of the proposed building materials, and to the left of the sheet there are three details of panelling. Webb has indicated that some elements are to be the same as those at 1 Palace Green. The drawing is signed and includes a small sketch in pencil of a flower.
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

This is a design drawing in pencil, ink, and coloured watercolour on paper by Philip Webb, showing designs for the extension and alteration to Constantine Alexander Ionides' house at 8 Holland Villas Road, Kensington. This drawing shows interior elevations, exterior elevations and a section of the two upper floors of the house, and a plan of the basement. The drawings are labelled with details of the proposed building materials, and to the left of the sheet there are three details of panelling. Webb has indicated that some elements are to be the same as those at 1 Palace Green. The drawing is signed and includes a small sketch in pencil of a flower.

Place of Origin

Britain

Date

1870s

Artist/maker

Webb, Philip Speakman, born 1831 - died 1915

Dimensions

Length: 74.5 cm, Height: 56 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

Design drawing for 8 Holland Villas, home of C. A. Ionides, by Philip Webb, 1870s

Materials

Pencil; Watercolour; Paper

Categories

Architectural drawings; Designs

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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