|Archibald Bertram Webb (1887-1944).|
The Riverside at Limehouse, London.
Oil on board
Signed lower left.
15 x 20 1/4 inches.
Showing the traditional London barge "Nell" of Rochester which lies on Duke Shore at Limehouse below the barge builders W.N. Sparks at 94 Narrow Street. Beyond is the Harbour Master's office and the stretch of riverfront at Wapping.
Archibald Bertram Webb (1887-1944).:
Archibald Bertram Webb was born in Kennington, Kent, on 4 March 1887 and grew up in St. Albans and Camberwell, London. He studied at St. Martin's School of Art as well as taking night classes at the City and Guilds of London Art School. Webb was a prolific freelance illustrator for periodicals in 1905-14, contributing to The Critic, Pall Mall Magazine, Photography and Focus, John Bull, The Quiver, Sunday at Home and The Sketch. He also produced illustrations for childrens' story papers such as The Captain, Chums, Girls' Realm and Little Folks; also annuals such as The Empire Annual and Herbert Strang's Annual. His work was often signed with the abbreviated Arch Webb.
In May 1915, suffering from the effects of rheumatic fever, he migrated to Freemantle in Australia for his health. He worked for the next two years as a commercial artist and teaching assistant at Perth Technical School and later, in 1932, became head of the art department. Between 1927-32 he taught at the University of Western Australia. In the meantime, he continued to paint, particularly around the Swan River near Nedlands, where he lived, and he produced woodcut designs in the Japanese style which were favourably reviewed in the 1920s. Webb also produced posters for the Empire Marketing Board advertising Australian industries.
Webb was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease in 1934 and resigned his post, travelling with his wife and family back to England in the hope of finding a cure. During this time, his work was exhibited at the Fine Art Society in London and he produced posters for Great Western Railway and wallpapers for John Line & Sons. With his health failing, Webb returned to Perth in 1937 and opened an art school where he continued to teach and show his work until his death on 11 June 1944.