Not news but worth sharing: the four drawings by Philip Webb made for a tapestry woven by Morris & Co in 1887. As he often declared, Morris's own talent was for pattern-making, borders and overall arrangement - of windows, pages, tapestries. Burne-Jones typically drew the figures and Philip Webb's specialty was animals and birds, particularly birds. He drew splendidly vigorous cocks, ducks, geese, hens, herons for Morris & Co tiles and glass quarries - some for example at Red House.
Four drawings - of a hare, a lion, a fox and a raven - by Webb made as animal studies for a tapestry called The Forest, produced by Morris & Co in 1887 are now in the National Trust's collection at Wightwick Manor outside Wolverhampton. Four and a half metres wide, and woven at Merton Abbey by William Knight, John Martin and William Sleath, the tapestry is now in the V&A collection but is currently on display at Wightwick also.
The watercolours were originally owned by Laurence W. Hodson, a neighbouring Wolverhampton industrialist t who lived at Compton Hall, which like Wightwick was furnished with Morris & Co. textiles and wallpapers. The most striking of then is the Raven [top]
But the Forest shows five creatures - including a peacock which sits at the far left edge opposite the raven, and it is assumed that Webb drew a study for this too. Now drawings of peacocks were fairly common in the 1880s and 1890s [I've just seen an Italianate scene by Marie Spartali Stillman that includes three of them] so Webb's lost peacock may be hiding unrecognised somewhere.... Let's hope so.