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image SM 47/5/62

Reference number

SM 47/5/62

Purpose

[9] Design for St John’s, Bethnal Green, London, 30 May [18]25

Aspect

Elevation of the church of five-by-nine bays, and identical in nearly all aspects to SM 47/5/60, but all the Soane caps along the roofline and base of the tower have been removed

Scale

to a scale

Signed and dated

  • 30 May [18]25
    30/5/25 this is an extremely unusual dating formula for a Soane drawing and may have been added by a much later hand

Medium and dimensions

Pen, wash, coloured washes of blue, brown, olive green, Payne’s Grey, yellow and violet on wove paper (542 x 370)

Hand

Probably Burchell, S., draughtsman
The Soane Office Day Book for 30 May 1825 records both Burchell and Davis working on designs for St John's, Bethnal Green
Probably Edward Davis (1802 - 1852), draughtsman
The Soane Office Day Book for 30 May 1825 records both Burchell and Davis working on designs for St John's, Bethnal Green

Notes

The date does cause a problem. Here, with all the Soane caps removed one would expect this to be later as most issues with this church was about removing unecessary ornament, not suddenly increasing the amount. The only way around this if indeed SM 47/5/60 dates to June 1824, but there is no record in the Soane Office Day Books for any work on St John's during that month (or indeed year). Nonetheless, they are sequenced in this way as it makes more historical and architectural sense given what is known about the project.

Literature

Carr, 1976 Vol. II, p. 428; Vol. III, p. 887 fig. 261

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Drawing

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