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SM 47/5/7


[55] Design for the east side, St John’s, Bethnal Green, London, 19 July 1826


The elevation of the east side of a church shows five bays with the outlines of the footings and vaults at the bottom, two round-topped windows at the nave and five along the gallery level. Above is a wide base atop the roof surmounted by a narrower plinth, and on each corner of the roof are caps with pinecone finials


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Bethnal Green Chapel – VI- / Elevation of the East End / Copy / This half of the Elevation shews / the Enhance to the Vaults / should they be required. / See Basement Plan. / Ground Line / Portland Plinth / Bath Stone / York Steps / Portland Plinth / Portland / Ground Line / Portland Stone / Portland Stone / Bath Stone

Signed and dated

  • 19 July 1826
    Bethnal Green / July 19th 1826.

Medium and dimensions

Pencil, pen, wash, coloured washes of Payne’s grey, stone and yellow, pricked for transfer, on wove paper (730 x 528)


Probably Soane Office, draughtsman
Throughout July 1826 Burchell, Mocatta and Richardson were working at various points on designs for St John's, Bethnal Green.





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