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image SM 47/5/59

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SM 47/5/59


[14] Design for the interior of St John’s, Bethnal Green, London, June 1825


Section and part elevation of the church. The transverse section shows the west end of the five-bay church from: footings, vaults, nave with entrance door, organ gallery with the organ shown and supported by columns beneath, and side aisles with pews, to the pitched roof and the timber supports the roof. Standing on a wide base is an elevation of a two-tiered tower with columnar supports, a shuttered louvre and clock face, caps and pinecone finials, surmounted by a dome and weather vane


bar scale of 1 inch to 5 feet


Design for a new Church to be erected in the Parish of St. Matthew. Bethnal Green. / Section looking towards the Organ Gallery. / No. 7-/0 (8)? / to be omitted in (Design No2) / Shewing proposed line of footings (Design No 2) / Ground / Windows see Elevation and measurements given

Signed and dated

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

Medium and dimensions

Pencil, pen, wash, coloured washes of Cerulean blue, Prussian blue, brown, orange, pink, sepia and yellow, on wove paper (752 x 545)


Probably Soane Office, draughtsman
The Soane Office Day Books record throughout June 1825, Burchell, Davis and Richardson working on designs for St John's Bethnal Green




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