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  • image SM 47/5/19

Reference number

SM 47/5/19


[61] Design for the gallery and ceiling for St John’s, Bethnal Green, London, 1826-7


Gallery plan and two sections of the ceilings of a church of five-by-nine-bays with two rear projections. The two front-end bays have internal staircases indicated. The left side of the gallery and part of the nave shows a square-panelled compartmentalised ceiling. The bottom section on the left side shows the masonry and sills on the line of A to B. The top section on the left side has the design for a cornice for the nave


bar scale of 1 inch to 5 feet


Bethnal Green Chapel XVIII/25 / Plan shewing the Ceilings &c / Section from A to B / A / B / Arched Ceiling / Opening for Skylight / d / e / e / e / e / Platform / d / d / deal Soffite / A / d / e / e / d / C / b. / Square / C / deal soffite of Bressumer / d / a / e / e / a / Plan shewing the upper Ceilings / Plan shewing the Ceiling under the Galleries &c / a / c / c / b / c / c / A / Cornice to Nave (?) (1/4 full size and measurements given

Signed and dated

  • 1826-7
    The skylight in the rear projection, which is part of a series of 25 drawings, help date the drawing to the second scheme with the round-stepped entrance and so to 1826-7

Medium and dimensions

Pen, wash, coloured washes of Cerulean blue, Payne’s grey, pink and yellow, on wove paper (724 x 527)


Probably Soane Office, draughtsman



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