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  • image SM 47/5/55

Reference number

SM 47/5/55


[11] Design for the gallery at St John’s, Bethnal Green, London, June 1825


Gallery plan of a five-by-eight-bay church. The front shows the staircases and the belfry. Behind are the organ and childrens’ galleries, and the arrangement of pews and free seats around three sides. The two rear projections show a slate covering


bar scale of 1 inch to 1 feet


Design for a new Church to be erected in the Parish of St. Matthew, Bethnal Green. / Plan shewing the Galleries. / No2/0 (8)? / Belfry / Staircase. / Staircase. / Free Seat / Free Seat / the Organ. / Plan of the Childrens / Gallery. and some measurements given

Signed and dated

  • June 1825
    Lincoln’s Inn Fields. / June. 1825.

Medium and dimensions

Pencil, pen, wash, coloured washes of brown, orange, pink and yellow, on wove paper (735 x 535)


Probably Soane Office, draughtsman
The Soane Office Day Books for May-June 1825 record Burchell and Davis as working on designs for St John's, Bethnal Green, and in June Richardson was added





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