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image SM 47/5/36

Reference number

SM 47/5/36


[49] Design for the corner of the altarpiece at St John’s, Bethnal Green, London, 10 October 1827


At the bottom is an elevation of the entablature of the top left side altarpiece for a church. The entablature consists of the cornice, and two fasciae. Above is a pediment and around the bottom and in the tympanum is decorated with an egg-and-dart motif. On the left corner of the pediment is a winged-putti mask in left profile. On the bottom right is a the top part of a panel witha perspective line, and above is a rough pencil sketch, possibly of part of altarpiece. Above is a section of the cornice for the central pediment showing the profile


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Bethnal Green Chapel No. 4 / Robt Streather / Entablature of Altarpiece (Full Size) / Section of Pediment Cornice at B. Full Size..

Signed and dated

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

Medium and dimensions

Pencil, pen, coloured washes of pink, orange/red and stone, pricked for transfer, on wove paper (743 x 535)


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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