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Later Victorian Portraits Catalogue

Sir Aston Webb (1849-1930), Architect and President of the Royal Academy

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Mosaic panel by Diespeker & Co., whole-length, profile to left, among ten figures incl. Walter Crane
; on outside wall of Lecture Theatre block, V&A, London. Ref. Physick 1982, pp.216–17 (repr. p.217, fig.257).

exh. 1903
Painting by Charles Edmund Brock; untraced. Exh. RA 1903 (328).

exh. 1905
Plaster bust by William Goscombe John, head-and-shoulders; untraced. Exh. RA 1905 (1775); repr. Cassell’s RA Pictures 1905, p.37. An old photograph of the bust (coll. NM Wales, Cardiff) repr. Pearson 1979, p.62.

exh. 1906
Oil on canvas by Solomon Joseph Solomon, three-quarter-length, full-face, seated to left; coll. RIBA, London. Exh. RA 1906 (260); repr. Cassell’s RA Pictures 1906, p.137.

Oil on canvas by Solomon Joseph Solomon; see NPG 2489. [1]

exh. 1908
Watercolour by Joseph Finnemore, The Assessors, in group including Richard Norman Shaw and W.E. Riley assessing designs for London County Hall; untraced. Exh. RA 1908 (1127).

Oil on canvas by unidentified artist, three-quarter-length, seated to left at desk, pair of calipers in right hand, left arm on armrest; untraced; Phillips, Norwich, 14 Mar. 1991 (231, ill.).

Pencil drawing by William Orpen, 4 July 1921; untraced. Exh. British Drawings and Watercolours of 20th Century, FAS, London, 1971 (78).

Oil on canvas, 742 x 622mm, by William Llewellyn, signed and dated ‘Wm Llewellyn 1921’, half-length to left, with PRA chain and medal; RA, London, 03/661. Exh. RA 1921 (30); repr. Studio, vol.109, 1935, p.29.

Chalk and wash caricature drawing by Francis Derwent Wood, 7 Jan. 1922, head-and-shoulders to left; RA, London, 06/4652.

Red and white chalk drawing by William Rothenstein, head, profile to left; untraced. See Rothenstein 1926, p.70, no.607.

exh. 1922
Bronze bust by Thomas Brock, head-and-shoulders, with PRA chain and medal; RA, London, 03/1680. Exh. RA 1922 (1393); repr. RA Illustrated, 1922, p.11.

Black, red and white chalk drawing by William Rothenstein; see NPG 6713.

Pencil caricature 203 x 171mm, by Fred Roe, signed and dated '16 Jan. 1924' and inscr. with sitter’s name, head-and-shoulders, profile to left, pen in right hand; pasted into album, with inscr. by Roe on album page: ‘Signing the Minutes at the A.G.B.I.’; Fred Roe Albums, vol. I, NPG 43147. Repr. Connoisseur, vol.86, 1930, p.263.
Half-tone reproduction, 255 x 190mm; Fred Roe Albums, vol, I, NPG D42146

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publ. 1890
Photograph by unidentified photographer, head-and-shoulders, looking to left, with left hand raised against left cheek; repr. Building News, 3 Jan. 1890, n.p. (cutting RIBA Library Photographs Coll., London, 92W).
The earliest known image of Webb.

Carbon print, 227 x 315mm, by Fradelle & Young, in multi-figure group at a banquet in honour of Lawrence Alma-Tadema at the Whitehall Rooms, London, 4 Nov. 1899 (presence confirmed on sheet of over 100 signatures); NPG x19022. Repr. MA, 1900, p.137 (with signatures insert); and Swanson 1990, p.85.
See also Alma-Tadema, Boughton, Brock, Clausen, J.Collier, Crane, East, E.O. Ford, Frampton, Gregory, Hacker, Lucas, Parsons, Sant, Solomon, Spielmann, W.H. Thornycroft J.W. Waterhouse.

c.1890s–early 1900s
Platinotypes by Frederick Hollyer, in different costumes but around same date, five known poses:
In wing collar and broadly knotted tie:
(a) half-length, seated at table, head resting on right hand, book on table; in Hollyer album ‘Portraits of Many Persons of Note’, V&A, London, 7752-1938. Head-and-shoulder details repr. MA, 1899, p.332; and ILN, 1 Apr. 1899, p.449.
b) head-and-shoulders close-up, without hand; repr. ILN 3 July 1909, p.6.
(c) half-length, seated at table, head lowered in profile to left, reading book; RA, London, 04/1831.
In white tie:
(d) three-quarter-length, seated to left, head to viewer and holding ceremonial cap in right hand; in Hollyer Album, ‘Portraits of Many Persons of Note’, V&A, London 7753-1938.
In stiff collar and spotted tie:
(e) half-length, full-face, seated, hands clasped on chairback; repr. The Year’s Art 1906; and RIBA Journal, 3rd ser., 1905, facing p.525.
Webb’s public image was based on the Hollyer photographs, of which poses (a) and (e) are the best-known.

Platinum prints by (John) Benjamin Stone, Members’ Entrance to Terrace, Houses of Parliament, 24 Mar. 1908:
(a) whole-length, full-face, standing, hands behind back; NPG x45009.
(b) whole-length, full-face, standing, cigarette in right hand; NPG x45010.

Platinum prints by (John) Benjamin Stone, inscr. on mount 'March 24th 1908', in group at luncheon party at the House of Commons, five known poses:
(a) 155 x 202mm, full length, seated to front in centre of front row, to right of Alfred East; NPG x135009.
(b) 155 x 201mm, as above, to right of Alfred East, without top hat; NPG x135012
(c) 155 x 202mm, three quarter length, standing to front along back row, to left of Alfred East; NPG x135010.
(d) 154 x 202, as above, to left of Alfred East, holding top hat behind back; NPG x135011.
See also East, Petrie, Poynter, Richmond.

Platinum prints by (John) Benjamin Stone, inscr. on mount 'July 17th 1908’, in group of 35 sitters, lunch party at the House of Commons, two known poses;
(a) 156 x 202mm, half-length, standing, facing front, third from left; NPG x135013.
(b) 155 x 203mm, head only, standing, facing front, fourth from left; NPG x135569.
See also East, Petrie, Poynter, Richmond.

Platinum print, 156 x 203mm, probably by Roland Parker Stone, head only, standing, facing front, fourth from left; inscr. on mount 'July 17th 1908’, group of 35 sitters, lunch party at the House of Commons; NPG x135567.
See also East, Petrie, Poynter, Richmond.

Undated photograph

Photograph by unidentified photographer, in academic procession (group includes Earl Grey of Fallodon, Stanley Baldwin); RIBA Library Photographs Coll., London.

1) In 1930 Maurice Webb owned another portrait of his father, of which no details are known. See NPG 2489, note 6, for citation.

Carol Blackett-Ord