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    Webb, Philip Speakman, born 1831 - died 1915 Blow, Detmar, born 1867 - died 1939
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Sketch

  • Place of origin:

    Britain

  • Date:

    December 1892

  • Artist/Maker:

    Webb, Philip Speakman, born 1831 - died 1915
    Blow, Detmar, born 1867 - died 1939

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Pencil 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.370-2014

  • Gallery location:

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

Pencil sketch of an Anglo-Saxon capital alongside a sketch of the window jamb in which it was discovered. The drawing is annotated in black ink, 'Found in jamb of the west window, East Knoyle Tower- during repairs of walling, by D. Blow. Dec'r 1892'. This is one of nine sheets of drawings and correspondence between Philip Webb and the architect Detmar Blow, who worked on the preservation of East Knoyle Church tower under Webb's direction. The tower had been earmarked for demolition, but Webb's approach, in keeping with the principles of the Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings (SPAB), allowed the tower to be saved.

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 sketch of an Anglo-Saxon capital alongside a sketch of the window jamb in which it was discovered. The drawing is annotated in black ink, 'Found in jamb of the west window, East Knoyle Tower- during repairs of walling, by D. Blow. Dec'r 1892'.

Place of Origin

Britain

Date

December 1892

Artist/maker

Webb, Philip Speakman, born 1831 - died 1915
Blow, Detmar, born 1867 - died 1939

Materials and Techniques

Pencil on paper

Dimensions

Width: 20 cm, Height: 13 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

Sketch of an Anglo-Saxon capital found in East Knoyle church, 1892

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

See Sheila Kirk, 'Philip Webb: Pioneer of Arts and Crafts Architecture' (West Sussex, Wiley-Academy, 2005), p.172.
St Mary's Church, East Knoyle, is also discussed in W.R. Lethaby, 'Philip Webb and His Work' (Oxford University Press, 1979), p.107.

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Designs

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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