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Reference number

SM 47/5/34

Purpose

[47] Design for the altar rail and enclosure for the altarpiece at St John’s, Bethnal Green, London, 10 October 1827

Aspect

Plan, elevation and detail of the enclosure for the communion table and the altar rail. The plan has a half-square enclosure and communion table set in front of the altarpiece. Above is an elevation of one side of the enclosure with a two-stepped approach showing the altar rails. Above is a detail of the altar rail with a rosette motif within diamond-shaped rails.

Scale

bar scale of 5 inches to 10 feet

Inscribed

Bethnal Green Chapel / Plan of the Enclosure round Communion Table - No2. / Robt Streather / 11/4 yellow clean deal Floor, the Joints ploughed and tongued. / (in pencil) 3’-0” to centre of / Capping / Communion Table. Deal / 6’9” by 3’. 0” / bath Stone / Wrought Iron Railing / Wainscot Capping Full Size / One of the Wrought Iron panels / Full Size. and measurements given

Signed and dated

  • 10 October 1827
    Lincolns Inn Fields / 10th Octr.1827.

Medium and dimensions

Pencil, pen, wash, coloured washes of Cerulean blue, blue, brown, pink and yellow, pricked for transfer, on wove paper (750 x 544)

Hand

Probably Stephen Burchell (1806 - c.1843), draughtsman
The Soane Office Day Book for 10 October records Burchell working on designs for the altarpiece at St John's, Bethnal Green

Verso

Faded design for a plan an unknown subject, consisting of recesses with two engaged columns, one on the side, and another on a rounded corner

Notes

The rosette within a diamond shaped rail framed by straight rails either side is a Soane motif used on handrails for staircase as in his own residences, for example, number 14 Lincoln's Inn Fields.

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Drawing

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