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  • image SM 47/5/17

Reference number

SM 47/5/17


[58] Design for gallery showing the timbers at St John’s, Bethnal Green, July 1826


Plan of the gallery for the church of five-by-nine-bays with the front end bays indicating internal staircases, with two projections at the rear. The left side of the gallery has the risers indicated, and the rear projection has a metal roof with a skylight. The left side shows the timber arrangements for the floor of the gallery and the rear projection


bar scale of 1 inch to 5 feet


Bethnal Green Chapel XVI/25 / Plan shewing the Timbers of the Galleries &c. / 3” Rubbed York Paving in Courses / For the Scantlings of these timbers / See drawing No. 9 / Skylight. / capped. / Skylight. / capped and measurements given

Signed and dated

  • 20 July 1826
    20th. July 1826

Medium and dimensions

Pen, wash, coloured washes of Cerulean blue, brown, orange, pink, dark pink and yellow, pricked for transfer, on wove paper (725 x 525)


Probably Soane Office, draughtsman
The Soane Office Day Books for July 1826 record Burchell, Mocatta and Richardson as working on drawings for St John's, Bethnal Green





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