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image SM 48/5/14

Reference number

SM 48/5/14

Purpose

[17] Design for the interior of St John’s, Bethnal Green, London, copied 20 June 1826

Aspect

Section of a five-bay church looking towards the principal western entrance and base of a tower above. The section runs from the footings, vault, nave and gallery, including the aisles, to roof level and shows the position of doors and some of the staircases, and the base of the tower above. On the corners of the base and the roof are caps with pinecone finials

Scale

bar scale 2 inches to 5 feet

Inscribed

Bethnal Green Chapel No 13. / Sections through the Centre of Staircase Vestibule &ca” looking towards the body of the Chapel / 3” York Paving / 3” York Paving / Inverted / Arch as / A / A / 6” York Landings (Rubbed) / 3 Inch Rubbed York Paving / Brickwall for Paving / Portland Steps / solid to rise 6 1/9 when / set to tail 4 inches / Winder to tail 9” / Landing to tail 9 inches on Wall / 4”York Landing / Childrens Gallery / 6” York / 6” York / A / A / A / A / A / Cast from Baluster A A / Portland / Raking Bearer / A B / 6” York / York Corbel / 6” York Landing / 2” deal Ovolo / Skylight / 1 ¼” deal lining and measurements given

Signed and dated

  • 20 June 1826
    Lincolns Inn Fields / 20th “. June 1826

Medium and dimensions

Pencil, pen, wash, coloured washes of brown, Cerulean blue, blue, orange, pink and stone, pricked for transfer, on wove paper (738 x 528)

Hand

Probably Mocatta, David Alfred (1806--1882), draughtsman
The Soane Office Day Book for Tuesday 20 June 1826 records Mocatta as ‘Bethnal Green Chapel / Drawing Section’, whilst Richardson is listed as ‘Bethnal Green Chapel / Copying Drawing’
Probably Richardson, Charles James (1806--1871), draughtsman
The Soane Office Day Book for Tuesday 20 June 1826 records Mocatta as ‘Bethnal Green Chapel / Drawing Section’, whilst Richardson is listed as ‘Bethnal Green Chapel / Copying Drawing’

Watermark

SMITH & ALLNUTT / 1823

Notes

This is a similar drawing to that produced for Holy Trinity, Marylebone (SM 54/4/13), in the same year, which shows some of the design features between churches were overlapping.

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