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Design for glassware - Design for champagne glass
  • Design for champagne glass
    Webb, Philip Speakman, born 1831 - died 1915
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Design for champagne glass

  • Object:

    Design for glassware

  • Place of origin:

    England (made)

  • Date:

    c.1860 (Drawn)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Webb, Philip Speakman, born 1831 - died 1915 (designer)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    pencil, pen, ink, watercolour

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Miss Dorothy Walker

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level D, case C, shelf 152

Physical description

In the upper part of the sheet a profile of a stemmed glass silhouetted against the blacked background of the sheet. The sides of the bowl are straight and slightly flaired and there are two knobs in the stem. Underneath this the background is not blacked and there is the plan of the glass with two circles one inside the other, made using a compass, the hole for which is in the centre of the circles.

Place of Origin

England (made)


c.1860 (Drawn)


Webb, Philip Speakman, born 1831 - died 1915 (designer)

Materials and Techniques

pencil, pen, ink, watercolour

Marks and inscriptions

Across the centre of the bowl, in pencil: No. 7. Some traces of ink writing on the lower right edge (see explanation in note field). Directly below the blacked area, on the left hand side is the V&A stamp: VAM.
This sheet is part of the same sheets as E.337 and 338-1944, the original sheet having been cut vertically into at least three separate sheets and an inscription across the bottom is divided between them. The drawing is presently stuck down on a backing sheet and it is not possible to see the back.


Height: 27.8 cm, Width: 10 cm

Descriptive line

Philip Webb. Champagne glass. One of 15 designs for table glass and glassware. British, c.1860

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

Lambert, Susan. Drawing: Technique & Purpose. London: Victoria & Albert Museum, 1981. p.45.
Victoria and Albert Museum, Department of Engraving, Illustration and Design & Department of Paintings, Accessions 1944, London: Printed under the Authority of the Ministry of Education 1949.

Labels and date

Philip Speakman Webb (1831-1915)
Designs for wine glasses
Pencil, pen and ink and wash

Webb is best known as the architect of Red House,
Bexley Heath, London, the rambling red brick
house that he designed for his friend William
Morris. Webb designed for a wide range of
decorative arts including stained glass, wallpaper,
lettering, silver, jewellery, embroidery and
furniture. Many of these he designed for Morris,
Marshall, Faulkner & Co, (later Morris & Co),
in which he was a partner. These designs for
champagne and wine glasses were for James
Powell & Sons Whitefriars glass works. With the
attention to detail that typified the work of Arts
and Crafts designers Webb shows both the inner
and outer profile of each glass together with a
section of the stem.

E.336-9-1944 Given by Dorothy Walker []


Pencil; Pen and ink; Wash



Subjects depicted

Champagne glass


Containers; Designs; Drawings; Drinking; Food vessels & Tableware; Glass; Household objects


Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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