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SM 47/5/28


[24] Designs for the vault at St John’s, Bethnal Green, London, July 10 1826


Six elevations and two sections of the vaults of the church. The centre of the sheet has a series of four elevations showing multiple vaults with arched entrances, some with windows within. On the left side is an elevation of a vault window seen from the outside. To the right is an elevation of three vaults, the middle showing a window within. On the right of the sheet is an elevation of the entrance into the vault from the rear of the church. Above is a section showing the arches of the vault with a square portal within


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Section through the Centre (looking north) / Inverted / arch /Paving. / Inverted / Arch / 6” York Landings. / Semi circular / arch A. / Inverted / arch / Step / 4” York / Elevation of Entrance / to the Vaults.. / East Side / External Elevation / of Aperture / 3” York Stone / Ground Line / Stone Plinth / Section through the Centre of Groined Arches / under side Aisles.. / 4 york Landings / Elliptical Groin. / Section thro’ the Centre (Looking East) / Inverted / Arch. / Stone / Semi Circular / Inverted / Arch. / 6” York Landings / Inverted / Arch. / Inverted / Arch. / Section through Arches under / Communion. / Section thro’ Groins under Altar Steps (Looking East) / Inverted / Arch / Stone / Semi Circular / Elliptical / Elliptical / Elliptical / Inverted / Arch / Section through the Groins next Flank Walls. (Looking North) / 3 York Cap Stone / Elliptical Groin / Segment / Paving. and measurements given

Signed and dated

  • 10 July 1826
    Lincolns Inn Fields. / July 10th. 1826

Medium and dimensions

Pencil, pen, wash, coloured washes of blue, Payne’s grey, pink, orange, sepia and yellow, pricked for transfer, on wove paper (747 x 542)


pencil drawings including an octagonal shaped design of an unknown subject(s), with some calculations given





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