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Reference number

SM 47/5/31


[44] Design for an altarpiece for St John’s, Bethnal Green, London, 28 September 1827


Elevation of an altarpiece for the church, divided by columns with three small pediments above, the central one has a carved motif of a dove with irradiationin the centre of the tympanum. Three panels at the rear have from left to right: the Lord's Prayer, Ten Commandments, and Apostles' Creed. The Communion Table is in front, and the three rear windows of the church are behind. Below is a plan for the altarpiece, and beneath is a faded pencil design for the top of a column with capital, and to the right are possibly three strigils


bar scale of 23/4 inches to 5 feet


Bethnal Green Chapel / [qr.?] Balusters, or Iron Railing, / Level of Floor of Church / Our Father / I / II / III / IV / V / VI / VI / VIII / IX / X / I BELIEVE and some measurements given

Signed and dated

  • 28 September 1827
    28 Sepr 1827.

Medium and dimensions

Pencil, pen, wash, coloured washes of brown and pink, on laid paper (488 x 298)


Probably Stephen Burchell (1806 - c.1843), draughtsman
The Soane Office Day book has no one working on the altarpiece on the 28 September 1827, but on 29 September 1827, Burchell is recorded as working on the altarpiece for Bethnal Green Chapel


Faded pencil designs for unknown subjects, below is perhaps the base of a column, and above are some designs for strigilated balusters


CANSELL / 1824



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