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image SM 47/5/60

Reference number

SM 47/5/60

Purpose

[8] Design for St John’s, Bethnal Green, London, June 1824 (or 25?)

Aspect

Perspective of a church of five-by-nine-bays, latticed windows at vault, nave and gallery level, and a three-door entrance. The bays are divided by giant pilasters with accentuated capitals with Soane caps and pinecone finials aligned with each pilaster along the roofline. Towards the front of the roofline is a wide base supporting a two-tiered tower: the first having pilasters topped with caps and pinecone finials on each corner, and a shuttered louvre and clock face, the second tier is rusticated, and it is surmounted by a dome and weather vane, and behind the tower is a shallow roof

Scale

to a scale

Inscribed

Sketch of a Design for a new Church to be erected in the Parish of St. Matthew. Bethnal Green / No. 8./0 (8)?

Signed and dated

  • June 1824
    Lincolns Inn Fields / June. 1824. There is no record in the Soane Office Day Books for any drawings in June 1824, or 1824 in its entirety; yet many drawings are produced during May to June 1825 when drawings are first recorded. Consequently, if the year 1824 was added retrospectively, then perhaps it is incorrect and June 1825 is meant. The companion drawing (SM 47/5/62) is dated to 30 May 1825.

Medium and dimensions

Pen, wash, coloured washes of blue, brown, olive green, Payne’s Grey, yellow and violet on wove paper (509 x 365)

Hand

Probably Stephen Burchell (1806 - c.1843), draughtsman
The Soane Office Day Book for June 1825 records Burchell, Davis and Richardson working on designs for St John's, Bethnal Green
Probably Edward Davis (1802 - 1852), draughtsman
The Soane Office Day Book for June 1825 records Burchell, Davis and Richardson working on designs for St John's, Bethnal Green
Possibly Richardson, Charles James (1806--1871), draughtsman
The Soane Office Day Book for June 1825 records Burchell, Davis and Richardson working on designs for St John's, Bethnal Green. As this design is very similar to SM 47/5/62, it is less certian whether Richardson had any specific role in this particular drawing

Watermark

SMITH & ALLNUTT / 1820

Literature

Carr, 1976, Vol. II, p. 425; Vol. III, p. 887 fig. 260

Level

Drawing

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