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  • image SM 47/5/35

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SM 47/5/35


[48] Elevations and sections for the mouldings of the altarpiece at St John’s, Bethnal Green, London, 10 October 1827


Elevations each split by a small gap showing the mouldings for an altarpiece. At the bottom are the mouldings for the base of the altarpiece, with a profile line overlaid. Above is an elevation for the upper part of the base with a profile line overlaid, followed by the base of a pilaster which has a torus/scotia arrangement. Above is the elevation of the top of the pilaster and its accentuated Corinthian capital. To the right is the top corner of a recessed panel which also has a profile line through them


full size


Bethnal Green Chapel. / Mouldings of Altarpiece Full size. No. 3. / Robt. Streather / Pilaster. Full Size. / Deal Mouldings. Full size

Signed and dated

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

Medium and dimensions

Pencil, pen, coloured washes of brown, stone and pink, pricked for transfer, on wove paper (739 x 537)


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





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