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image SM 47/5/33

Reference number

SM 47/5/33

Purpose

[46] Design for an altarpiece for St John’s, Bethnal Green, London, 10 October 1827

Aspect

Plan, elevation and two sections of an altarpiece for the church. The elevation is similar to that of SM 54/7/31 with the exception of a winged putti mask on the apex of all the pediments, and only the title of the text for the panel is included. The section on the left is the profile of the left side of the altarpiece with brick, stone and metal elements, and winged-putti masks. The section on the right is the profile of the right side of the altarpiece with brick, stone and metal elements, and winged-putti masks. The plan shows the front projection at the centre of the altarpiece and the metal rods and masonry joints supporting the rest of the structure behind and the outline of the communion table in front.

Scale

bar scale of 1 inch to 1 foot

Inscribed

Bethnal Green Chapel, / No 1. / Plan and Elevation of the Altarpiece &..-. / The Altarpiece to be of Bath Stone. / The Communion Table Deal, / A Detailed Estimate of the Altar Piece, Enclosure around / the Communion Table, Communion Table / including the Painting and Gilding Writing &. Complete. / Robt Streather / Section thro Side / Pannel A. / Brickwork / See Mouldings Full size / See Mouldings Full size / slate 1” thick (A) / the surface made / perfectly smooth / Lords Prayer. / in Gilt Letters / Slate as A. / Commandments. / B. / Fillet Gilt. / Slate as A. / Creed. / Section through / Centre. / Brickwork. and measurements given

Signed and dated

  • 10 October 1827
    10-Oct. 1827.

Medium and dimensions

Pencil, pen, wash, coloured washes of brown, orange, pink, sepia and yellow, pricked for transfer, on wove paper (741 x 536)

Hand

Possibly Stephen Burchell (1806 - c.1843), draughtsman

Watermark

SMITH & ALLNUTT / 1823

Literature

John, 2003, pp. 66 fig. 66, 67

Level

Drawing

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