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    Webb, Philip Speakman, born 1831 - died 1915
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Design

  • Place of origin:

    Britain

  • Date:

    1866

  • 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.379:3-2014

  • Gallery location:

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

Design drawing in pencil on tracing paper showing details of new building sites off Grainger Street in Newcastle upon Tyne by Philip Webb, 1866. The four areas on which the new street is proposed are separated into blocks representing individual buildings. The design is in poor condition and torn into three parts.
Webb produced this drawing in 1866 for Newcastle Corporation, which was constructing a new street to link the railway station with the centre of town. In 1867, however, Webb withdrew from the project and his designs were never realised. The reason for his resignation is uncertain, but was likely to do with his wish that each building should be individually designed, a proposal that was not considered financially viable by the Newcastle Corporation. This is one of many drawings of the street and intended buildings, which are also in the collection at the Victoria and Albert Museum.
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

Design drawing in pencil on tracing paper showing details of new building sites off Grainger Street in Newcastle upon Tyne by Philip Webb, 1866. The four areas on which the new street is proposed are separated into blocks representing individual buildings. The design is in poor condition and torn into three parts.

Place of Origin

Britain

Date

1866

Artist/maker

Webb, Philip Speakman, born 1831 - died 1915

Dimensions

Length: 21.5 cm, Height: 51 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 a new street in Newcastle upon Tyne, by Philip Webb, 1866-7

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

See pages 244-245 of "Philip Webb: Pioneer of Arts and Crafts Architecture" by Sheila Kirk, West Sussex, Wiley-Academy, 2005.

Materials

Pencil; Tracing paper

Categories

Designs

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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