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  • image SM 47/5/15

Reference number

SM 47/5/15


[32] Designs for the pew arrangements for St John’s, Bethnal Green, 1826


Two longitudinal and one transverse section showing the arrangement for the aisle pews, free seats, both the organ and childrens’ gallery pews for the church, and the columnar supports, windows on both nave and gallery level, the arcade of arches on the gallery level, and stairs. The latitudinal section on the right shows the main door and free seats. Above the section on the right is an extension in pen of part of the roof and base of the tower


bar scale of 2 inches to 5 feet


Bethnal Green Chapel XIV/25 / Section through the Centre of the Childrens / Gallery / Northside of organ) / Plaster. / Iron newel Bar / 11/4 deal Framing bead flush / and Moulded 11/4 deal Floor / 13/4 deal tongue and beading / 11/2 deal / Wainscot Handrail / Arched ceiling / Section through side Gallery &c / looking towards organ / Landing / 11/4 deal / 11/2 deal/ Section through the arch at the extremity of nave looking towards the organ. and measurements given

Signed and dated

  • January-July 1826
    The series number 14/25 means this drawing should be dated within the wider sequence and a date of the first half of 1826 seems feasible

Medium and dimensions

Pencil, pen, wash, coloured washes of brown, Cerulean blue, orange pink, red and yellow, pricked for transfer, on wove paper (725 x 527)





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