Exhibited: Ruskin Galleries, Birmingham, 1926; Sheffield City Art Galleries, (on loan; no date given)
These two panels were included in Webb’s first one-man show at the Ruskin Galleries in Birmingham (1926). In the same year he exhibited at the second exhibition of the Artist Craftsmen Group, in Birmingham, alongside Gertler, Meninsky and Roberts. It was during this period that Webb established his reputation as a one of Britain’s most distinctive wood-engravers, etchers and illustrators.
Webb was an exact contemporary of David Jones, with whom he trained at Westminster School of Art (1919-22). These panels bring to mind the celebrated back garden views Jones painted from his parents’ house in the suburbs of Brockley. Webb’s paintings are also contemporary with the linocuts of the Grosvenor school, with which they share a strong linearity.