He was trained at the Royal Academy Schools in 1821 where he became a friend of the Shropshire sculptor Thomas Carline, whose sister Jane he married. While he was at the academy, his portrait was painted by its president, the painter Martin Archer Shee, in 1823. In 1830 he travelled to the Netherlands with Carline. From this period, the Teylers Museum has several of his portraits in their collection. The Shrewsbury Museum & Art Gallery also has several of his works.
^"Deaths". London Daily News (London, England). 21 July 1877. p. 1. Retrieved 2014-08-07 – via The British Newspaper Archive. (subscription required (help)). [Entire para.] CORBET.—July 18, at Cloudsley, Bitterne, Hants, Philip Corbet, late of Shrewsbury, aged 74.