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

  • Place of origin:


  • 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

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  • Gallery location:

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

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

Rough pencil drawings on thick cream paper, includuing a section showing the construction of part of a roof and a diagram showing a method of working out the angles of segments in a circle. The sheet is stained and torn around the edges. In the upper left corner, in a modern hand, 'Philip Webb drawing Arisaig AT 2011'.

Place of Origin



Webb, Philip Speakman, born 1831 - died 1915

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 for the roof of Arisaig house by Philip Webb


Architectural drawings; Designs


Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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