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image SM 47/5/30

Reference number

SM 47/5/30

Purpose

[66] Design for the pulpit at St John’s, Bethnal Green, London, 1828

Aspect

Two plans, elevation and section of the pulpit. The plan at the bottom of the sheet on the left side shows a hexagonal shaped pulpit with the timber supports. The plan to the right side shows the seat at the bottom and the desk opposite, and emanating from the top right side is a curved staircase. The elevation on the top right shows the pulpit consisting of a plinth with recessed panels Attached to the right side is a curving staircase. To the left side is a section of the pulpit showing the timber support arrangements. To the left side of the sheet are a series of profile mouldings labelled A-L which indicate the elements for both the pulpit and the staircase and are associated with the lettering seen on the elevation

Scale

bar scale of 1 inch to 1 foot

Inscribed

A/ B /C / D / E / F / C / H / K / L / Mouldings. / Full size / Deal Joists 5 x 2 / Section on the line O.S. in the Plans. / Shaft 11/2 thick / Glued & Blocked / at Angles. / to finish / ¾ Deal / 11/4 deal / Sanding / Deal / 11/4 Deal / bd flush Panl / Ledge filed with Iron studs so as to take off / c b / Seal / Deal / O / Desk 11/4 thick / Deal / Door / to be hung with proper brass / hinges and mounted latch / S / Landing / Back Elevation of the Pulpit / K / H / H / C / F F / E E / D D / L L / See mouldings Full size / C C / B / A / Desk / 11/2 Deal / to project 3/8 from the / String(?) / E / E / Wainscot Handrail / The Railing to the Steps & Landing to be of / Wrot Iron. The upright Rails, and Pannels ¾ by 3/8 / The diamond Pannels ¼ by 5/8. //14 in number / The Rosettes of Cast Iron. / The bevel Bars will be of Cast Iron. Of an ornamental Pattern, - the Top Rail, ¾ by 3/8. / The Estimate to include Ironwork to the value of £3-s0-d0 / to be used as directed / The iron Railing to be Painted 4 Oils & finished Bronze / The handrail wainscot. / The whole of the Pulpit & Steps to be Painted 4 oils / Grained Wainscot & twice – varnished. / The whole of the Pulpit and the side to be of Deal / the soffite of the Steps to be formed of ¾ In deal the / joints cross tongued and beaded. / This is the Drawing Design referred to in my Letter of the 14th Feby. 1828 / but the ornamental Pannels are / to be omitted / Robt Streather and measurements given

Signed and dated

  • 1828
    The only date is recorded in the contract which refers to a letter written on 14 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, wash, coloured washes of brown, Payne’s grey, orange and yellow, pricked for transfer, on wove paper (749 x 542)

Hand

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

Watermark

SMITH & ALLNUTT / 1823

Level

Drawing

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