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    Webb, Philip Speakman, born 1831 - died 1915
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Design

  • Place of origin:

    Britain

  • Date:

    ca.1872

  • Artist/Maker:

    Webb, Philip Speakman, born 1831 - died 1915

  • Credit Line:

    Accepted by H M Government in lieu of Inheritance Tax and allocated to the Victoria & Albert Museum, 2014

  • Museum number:

    E.498-2014

  • Gallery location:

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

A large sheet containing several drawings in pencil. They are incomplete, but comprise three elevations, shown from different fronts, a section of the house and cellar, and two partial drawings, also of the house. There is a red line running across the base of each drawing, marked 'datum line', indicating the ground level. An inscription on the reverse reads: 'Mrs Prinseps House, Freshwater, 2nd design.'
This is a design drawing in pencil and red ink on paper for the Briary at Freshwater by Philip Webb. The Briary was a house in Freshwater, Isle of Wight that Webb designed for George Frederic Watts in 1872. Watts built the house for himself and Thoby and Sara Prinsep, the latter couple having recently lost the lease on their Little Holland House due to financial struggles. The project was Webb’s sixth and final studio home. The drawing contains five section elevations of the house with varying amount of detail. There is also a preliminary sketch of a section elevation. On the back of the paper is written: 'Mrs Prinseps House, Freshwater, 2nd design.'
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

A large sheet containing several drawings in pencil. They are incomplete, but comprise three elevations, shown from different fronts, a section of the house and cellar, and two partial drawings, also of the house. There is a red line running across the base of each drawing, marked 'datum line', indicating the ground level. An inscription on the reverse reads: 'Mrs Prinseps House, Freshwater, 2nd design.'

Place of Origin

Britain

Date

ca.1872

Artist/maker

Webb, Philip Speakman, born 1831 - died 1915

Dimensions

Length: 77.5 cm, Height: 56.5 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 the Briary at Freshwater by Philip Webb, ca.1872

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

See pages 77-78 of "Philip Webb: Pioneer of Arts and Crafts Architecture" by Sheila Kirk, West Sussex, Wiley-Academy, 2005.

Materials

Pencil; Ink; Paper

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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