This one of a series of watercolours by Thomas Matthews Rooke of the interior of Philip Webb's cottage, ‘Caxtons’, near Worth in West Sussex, of which other examples are at Kelmscott Manor. It may have been made as a record of the house after Webb’s death in April 1915. In 1901, and in poor health, the architect and designer Philip Webb (1831–1915), a close friends of both Morris and Walker, retired to 'Caxtons', a four-bedroomed sixteenth-century yeoman’s house that was owned by the English poet and writer Wilfrid Scawen Blunt. The English watercolour artist Thomas Matthews Rooke (1842-1942) was commissioned by John Ruskin to make architectural drawings, including depictions of threatened landscapes and buildings. An assistant to Edward Burne-Jones from 1868 to 1898, Rooke exhibited paintings at the Royal Academy and the Grosvenor Gallery in London. This watercolour is especially interesting as it shows a number of Webb’s possessions that are now in 7 Hammersmith Terrace, including the plans chest and wine cooler in the dining room, and a brass candlestick. There are several other paintings by Rooke at Emery Walker’s House.

Record ID:00052
Dimensions:Width — 29.2cm.
Height — 39.9cm.
Width — 33.0cm.
Height — 43.7cm.
Classification:Pictures
Date:1915
Reason:may have been made as a record of Philip Webb's cottage after his death in 1915