Aston Webb

The son of an engraver and water colourist of some distinction, Aston Webb trained in the office of Banks & Barry and won the Pugin scholarship for the study of English medieval architecture in 1873

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It was after this prize that Webb established his own practice. After 1882, all his work was completed with his business partner, E Ingress Bell.

Together, Webb and Ingress Bell won the competition for the Assize Courts at Birmingham, considered to be his greatest work. Webb also went on to design other university buildings at Birmingham and Christ’s Hospital School in Horsham.

 

Buckingham Palace © Pawel Libera / RIBA Library Photographs Collection 2002

 

Buckingham Palace © Pawel Libera / RIBA Library Photographs Collection 2002

Born:   1849 (-1930) 
Nationality:   British

Other work by Webb included three buildings in London’s South Kensington: the Victoria & Albert Museum, the Royal College of Science and the Royal School of Mines. In 1905 he completed the Britannia Naval College at Dartmouth.

© RIBA Library Drawings & Archives Collections  1904 © RIBA Library Drawings & Archives Collections 1904 

Webb also changed the architectural character of royalty in London between 1901 and 1913, by formlising the avenue of approach with the Mall, the ceremonial archway of Admiralty Arch and the remodeling of the east façade of Buckingham Palace.

Publicity named as Waterhouse's 'spiritual successor', in reality Webb was not so spirited, although after his funeral, he was named as the most distinguished architect of his generation. 

Awards:

  • Royal Gold Medal, 1905

Buildings by Webb:

  • Assize Courts, Birmingham, 1886
  • Victoria Law Courts, Birmingham, 1891
  • University buildings, Birmingham, 1901
  • Christ’s Hospital School, Horsham, 1902
  • Britannia Naval College at Dartmouth, UK, 1905
  • Victoria & Albert Museum, London, 1909
  • Royal College of Science, 1909
  • Royal School of Mines, UK, 1909
  • Admiralty Arch, London, 1910
  • Mall, London, 1911
  • remodeling of the east façade of Buckingham Palace, 1913

 

Victoria and Albert Museum © RIBA Library Photographs Collection 1908Victoria Law Courts © RIBA Library Photographs Collection 1900Victoria and Albert Museum © RIBA Library Drawings & Archives Collections  1909Design for a group of cottages, Turners Hill, Sussex © RIBA Library Drawings & Archives Collections 1920Admirality Arch ©  Eric de Mare / RIBA Library Photographs Collection 1960
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