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image SM 47/5/61

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SM 47/5/61


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


Perspective of the interior looking towards the east end with an arcade of arches supported by columns either side, and windows are at nave and gallery level, with the altarpiece at the eastern end placed beyond an arched recess, with three windows above in the rear wall. Above is a flat, compartmentalised ceiling


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Sketch of the Interior of the New Church to be erected in the Parish of St. Matthew. Bethnal Green, No.9

Signed and dated

  • June 1825
    Lincolns Inn Fields. / June. 1825.

Medium and dimensions

Pencil, pen, wash, coloured wash of brown on wove paper (512 x 367)


Possibly Richardson, Charles James (1806--1871), draughtsman
The Soane Office Day Books for June show Richardson, along with Burchell and Davis, as working on designs for St John's Bethnal Green. The inscription seems to be in Richardson's hand (compare with SM 54/2/16-18 for Holy Trinity, Marylebone)


This is the only interior perspective of St John's, Bethnal Green in the corpus.


Carr, 1976, Vol. II, p. 425; Vol. III, p. 888 fig. 262



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