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image SM 47/5/23

Reference number

SM 47/5/23

Purpose

[31] Design for the pews and free seats for St John’s, Bethnal Green, 26 July 1826 (Copy)

Aspect

Plan, three elevations, and section of pews . In the centre is a plan of the pews with masonry elements in section; above is an elevation of box pews with the final box on the right as a section opened to show the seat and book-board. On the bottom right is a section of the capping of the end of a pew, and above are two elevations of the free seats. The first is frontal showing a triple seat with segments of the back rest left exposed, and above is a free seat in profile

Scale

bar scale of 1 inch to 1 foot

Inscribed

Bethnal Green Chapel. XXII / Plan and Elevation of part of the Pews on the Ground Floor / signed / John Soane / Robt. Streather. / Stone Pilaster / Plaster / Brick Pier / Stone Pilaster / 11/4” deal Framing 2 pommels in height framed O.G. flat 6 panls in width / 1”1/4 deal framing 2 pannels in height bead flush both sides / Stone columns / 2” deal Door moulded & Bead & flush / 2” deal Pilaster / 11/4” deal framing deal bead flush O. G. flat / 11/2” Deal / 11/4” deal Seat / wainscot / Wainscot / Wainscot Capping / of Pews. Full Size / 2 Inch Deal 11/2 Inch Wainscot / 11/2 Inch Wainscot / Front Elevation of one of the Free Seats in Middle Aisle / 11/2” Inch Wainscot and measurements given

Signed and dated

  • 26 July 1826
    Copy / 26th July 1826

Medium and dimensions

Pen, wash, coloured washes of brown, orange, pink and yellow, on wove paper (729 x 524)

Hand

Probably Stephen Burchell (1806 - c.1843), draughtsman
Burchell produced an almost identical version for Holy Trinity, Marylebone in January 1826 (SM 54/4/24); not only is it drawn in the same way, but lettering such as the C in church reflects Burchell's hand

Watermark

SMITH & ALLNUTT / 1823

Notes

See SM 54/4/24 for an almost identical design and drawing for Holy Trinity, Marylebone from January 1826, six months prior to this drawing.

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