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image SM 47/5/29

Reference number

SM 47/5/29

Purpose

[65] Design for a reading desk for St John’s, Bethnal Green, London, 1828

Aspect

Two plans, and two elevations for the clerk’s desk. Plan of the clerk’s desk is given to the bottom left side of the sheet. On the right side of this there is a second plan for the pulpit, which shows the hexagonal shape of the exterior. The above elevation on the left shows the clerks desk, which has a pronounced lip. The elevation to the right side shows the full pulpit consisting of a: base, shaft, the faceted pulpit, and the lectern

Scale

bar scale of 1 inch to 1 foot

Inscribed

Clerks Desk & Reading Desk / Door to be Hung on a Centre. / The Steps to be fastened to the / Door, to open with it, & when shut / to go under the floor / Desk 1 ¼ thick / Seat. / The Reading Desk Steps thereto, the Iron Railing, / Handrail, Fastening, Hinges, &c, to Correspond. / in every respect with the Pulpit. - / Side Elevation of the Clerks Desk & of the Reading Desk. / Floor 11/4 deal / joists 4 x 2 / d d / The framing of the Clerks. / Desk above the / Capping &, to be of the / same thickness as / the lower half of / Pew Framing / Wainscot capping the same as to / the pews - / Mouldings &c shown in the Drawing of the / Pulpit. / This is the Design for the Reading Desk / and Clerks Desk referred to in my / Letter of the 14 Feby 1828. / The [_ _ _ _ _ _ _ _] [_ _ _ _] Pannels to the /Staircase are to be remitted / Robt Streather

Signed and dated

  • 1828
    The only date is recorded in the contract which refers to a letter written on14 February 1828. As the church was consecrated in October 1828, this should be dated to any time between 14 February and October.

Medium and dimensions

Pencil, pen, brown wash, pricked for transfer, on wove paper (756 x 542)

Hand

Possibly Bailey, George (1792--1860), draughtsman

Watermark

SMITH & ALLNUTT / 1823

Level

Drawing

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