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image SM 47/5/64

Reference number

SM 47/5/64


[63] Design for the interior of St John’s, Bethnal Green, London, 1826-7


Ground plan of the church of five-by-nine bays with rounded entrance stairs, showing the arrangement of the pews and free seats, reading desk and pulpit in the nave and altarpiece in the chancel, internal staircases on the front end bays, and an external rear staircase between the rear projections


bar scale of 1 inch to 5 feet


Bethnal Green Chapel. / Plan, shewing the Pews and Free Seats. The pews are numbered 1-90. To the left side in faded pencil are the list of 90 numbered pews with the numbers that can sit on each

Signed and dated

  • 1826-7
    The round-stepped entrance indicates this is a later design which started in 1826 (SM 47/5/3) and so should date to this period

Medium and dimensions

Pencil, pen, wash, coloured washes of brown, orange, pink and yellow, pricked for transfer, on wove paper (726 x 529)





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