Philip Webb (1831-1915), the drawing of a hare for the Morris & Co. tapestry The Forest, the tapestry designed by William Morris, Philip Webb and John Henry Dearle and woven in 1887 at Merton Abbey, Watercolour and pencil, Bearing exhibition loan label to the reverse: Wolverhampton Art & Industrial exhibition, 1902, lent by W. Hodson Esq, 87 x 57cm (34 1/4 x 22 1/2in), Oak framed. Exhibited: Victoria & Albert Museum ‘Centenary of William Morris’, 1934, no. 60 (set of four), Wolverhampton Art & Industrial exhibition, 1902, Literature: Parry, Linda (editor) ‘William Morris 1834-1896’ V&A exhibition catalogue 1996, p. 233, fig. 99, illustrated. The tapestry now in the Victoria & Albert Museum (T.111-1926). In a letter to Laurence Hodson in the family archive the former secretary of the Kelmscott Press, Sydney Carlyle Cockerell (1867-1962, later director of the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge), notes ‘I want to settle up the matter of the Webb cartoons, though I shall be sorry to part with the Hare which now adorns my office’.
Lots 75-220 are from the collection of Laurence W. Hodson (1863-1933) and thence by descent. To view the full introduction to the collection please visit the Dreweatts website (download the pdf version of the catalogue) or contact Dreweatts Donnington Priory saleroom for details.
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