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Help us save these beautiful drawings for the nation

 

The National Trust has launched a campaign to bring four beautiful Philip Webb sketches home to Wolverhampton for display at Wightwick Manor.

 

Built for local industrialist Theodore Mander in 1887, Wightwick Manor is widely regarded as having one of the finest interiors of the Arts & Crafts movement in Britain today with rooms furnished in Morris & Co. textiles and wallpapers.

 

The Webb drawings of a hare, fox, raven and lion, were the original designs for a William Morris tapestry called The Forest, which was first exhibited in Wolverhampton at the 1887 Arts & Crafts Exhibition and is now owned by the Victoria and Albert Museum. Webb was a life-long friend, collaborator and business partner of Morris. He also designed Morris’ first home, Red House - also owned by the National Trust.

 

Theodore’s son, Sir Geoffrey Mander inherited Wightwick Manor in 1900 and with his second wife Rosalie, Lady Mander, built up an important collection of works of art by the Pre-Raphaelites and their followers.  Sir Geoffrey presented the house to the National Trust in 1937 – an unprecedented move as he was still alive - and with the Trust continued to acquire pictures, furniture and objects to adorn its interior.

 

This acquisition appeal has been launched by the Trust to ensure that the four beautiful Webb drawings are returned home to Wolverhampton and displayed alongside Wightwick’s other important Pre-Raphaelite pieces. The drawings were initially owned by Laurence Hodson, another of Wolverhampton’s Victorian industrialists who lived at nearby Compton Hall, now Compton Hospice. Like the Manders, Hodson was also a local philanthropist and collector with Compton Hall originally containing Morris & Co. furnishings in the 1890s.

 

Jane Gallagher, Lead Curator for the National Trust in the Midlands, said: “These drawings are of immense significance and importance to Wolverhampton, not only as internationally important works of art in their own right, but because they demonstrate the link that the city had with the Arts & Crafts movement. We want to bring them back to Wolverhampton to enable people from the region to see these beautiful inspirational works of art on their doorstep.”

 

If we succeed in our campaign to buy the drawings they will be displayed at Wightwick Manor as well as lent to other museums and galleries for temporary exhibition. If we don’t achieve our ambition it is likely that they will be sold separately, most likely into private hands, which will preclude any future attempt to buy them as a complete group, which would be a real loss.

 

 

To help us secure these works of art, for ever and for everyone, we need to raise a further £50,000 – please help us if you can, even a small gift will make all the difference to us.

Updates 5

Good news! The Philip Webb watercolours are now on display at Wightwick Manor. They will be there until Christmas, after that they will be removed for some necessary conservation work and will return for permanent display at Easter 2014. Thanks again for your support

14/11/13 16:51

We are hosting a thank you event for our donors in November. If you have kindly donated, but we do not have your contact details, please email me on adam.edwards@nationaltrust.org.uk and I will ensure an invite is sent

29/10/13 12:59

I would like to thank everyone for their generous donations. With your support we have now raised the necessary funds to acquire these beautiful watercolours. Thank you very much

28/10/13 12:11

A charitable trust has very kindly donated £30,000 - thank you! Please help us achieve our target

03/06/13 18:26

Thank you to everyone who has donated so far

27/05/13 11:13

Raising money for

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National Trust

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We're a charity that works to preserve and protect historic places and open spaces - for ever, for everyone. We look after historic houses, gardens, mills, coastline, forests, woods, fens, beaches, farmland, moorland, islands, archaeological remains, nature reserves, villages and pubs.

Donations 45

On behalf of Rosemary

Donation by Anonymous on 20/10/13

Many congratulations on (almost) achieving your target in these difficult times. But then it is a worthwhile cause

Donation by Peter Hirschmann on 18/10/13

£25.00

+ £6.25 Gift Aid

Donation by NRG on 18/09/13

£20.00

+ £5.00 Gift Aid

What super drawings! Good luck with the campaign.

Donation by Sue Hines on 26/08/13

£25.00

+ £6.25 Gift Aid

Donation by Carl Bowkett on 25/08/13

£5.00

+ £1.25 Gift Aid

The Forest Tapestry is my favourite piece of art and I'm honoured to know that in a very small way I saved the beautiful drawings for the UK to be shown in the equally beautiful Wightwick Manor.

Donation by Kerry Thatcher on 17/08/13

£26.00

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It would be great to keep these paintings at Wightwick, not least because they were owned by a significant local collector.

Donation by Dr Rosie Miles on 16/08/13

£20.00

+ £5.00 Gift Aid

Donation by David Bennett on 06/08/13

£100.00

+ £25.00 Gift Aid

Donation by Anonymous on 05/08/13

£10.00

+ £2.50 Gift Aid

Donation by Beth Squire on 02/08/13

£10.00

Donation by Anonymous on 30/07/13

£15.00

Donation by Katharine Goodwin on 29/07/13

£20.00

+ £5.00 Gift Aid

Lovely drawings and would be wonderful if they could be displayed at Wightwick Manor

Donation by Helen and Martin Plimley on 23/06/13

£20.00

+ £5.00 Gift Aid

Donation by on 19/06/13

£50.00

Donation by Anonymous on 15/06/13

£100.00

+ £25.00 Gift Aid

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These are beautiful drawings and it is great that we have the opportunity to save them fir the nation and to be able to see them at Wightwick Manor.

Donation by Sarah Staniforth on 13/06/13

£50.00

+ £12.50 Gift Aid

There can be no better place for the nation to view these artworks

Donation by DAVE BRUTON on 07/06/13

£20.00

+ £5.00 Gift Aid

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Would look just right at Wightwick Manor.

Donation by Anonymous on 02/06/13

£10.00

+ £2.50 Gift Aid

Sorry it's only a small amount, but I hope it will help to bring some more beautiful Morris & Co designs to Wightwick

Donation by Anne Amison on 25/05/13

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Good luck Adam

Donation by Anonymous on 22/05/13

£25.00

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The acquisition of Webb's drawings will be another great reason to visit Wolverhampton. Good luck Adam and thanks for the opportunity.

Donation by Catherine Copestake on 22/05/13

£25.00

+ £6.25 Gift Aid

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Wishing you success in your campaign to add these wonderful drawings to the Wightwick collection.

Donation by Emma Jones on 22/05/13

£10.00

+ £2.50 Gift Aid

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Good luck - hope the campaign is successful.

Donation by Andrew Clegg on 14/05/13

£20.00

+ £5.00 Gift Aid

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An important part of the Arts and Crafts story and no better place for them to be looked after and displayed. Good luck with appeal!

Donation by Alan Hubbard on 07/05/13

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Great cause, happy to donate.

Donation by Peter Squire on 07/05/13

£10.00

+ £2.50 Gift Aid

Donation summary

  • * Online donations£1,143.63
  • Offline donations£48,740.00
  • Text donations£0.00
  • Total raised£49,883.63
  • Gift Aid£225.00

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