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Wightwick welcomes the animals

November 15, 2013
Watercolour drawing of a lion by Philip Webb, c. 1887. ©Paul Highnam

Watercolour drawing of a lion by Philip Webb, c. 1887. ©Paul Highnam

A little while ago I mentioned that we were raising funds to purchase four drawings of animals by the Arts and Crafts designer Philip Webb (1831-1915) for Wightwick Manor. I am delighted to be able to relay that we have now acquired them.

Watercolour drawing of a hare by Philip Webb, c. 1887. ©Paul Highnam

Watercolour drawing of a hare by Philip Webb, c. 1887. ©Paul Highnam

The required sum of £190,000 was raised through donations from the public as well as substantial grants from the Art Fund, the Monument Trust and the V&A Purchase Grants Fund.

Watercolour drawing of a raven by Philip Webb, c. 1887. ©Paul Highnam

Watercolour drawing of a raven by Philip Webb, c. 1887. ©Paul Highnam

The watercolours were originally owned by Laurence W. Hodson (1864-1933), a Wolverhampton industrialist and philanthropist who lived at Compton Hall, which was furnished with Morris & Co. textiles and wallpapers.

Watercolour drawing of a fox by Philip Webb, c. 1887. ©Paul Highnam

Watercolour drawing of a fox by Philip Webb, c. 1887. ©Paul Highnam

Wightwick Manor, about a mile from Compton Hall, was built in 1887 for Theodore Mander (1853-190), a fellow industrialist, and was similarly furnished in Arts & Crafts style. The Webb animal drawings will henceforth be on display as part of the rich interiors and collections at Wightwick, reinforcing the historic link between Wolverhampton and the Arts & Crafts movement.