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  • image SM 47/5/65

Reference number

SM 47/5/65


[64] Design for the gallery at St John’s, Bethnal Green, London, 1827


Gallery plan for the church of five-by-nine-bays with the internal staircases, arrangement of pews and the organ at the western end, and two rear projections with metal roof covering and skylights


bar scale of 1 inch to 5 feet


Bethnal Green Chapel / Plan shewing the Plan of the Galleries. / (in pencil) X signifies Short / in[_ __ __ _] Amples [?] the pews are numbered one to 72 and as with SM 47/5/64 the Pew list and sittings is tabulated on the left of the plan

Signed and dated

  • 1827
    This drawing seems to be a later design than the 1825 group. The skylights seen in SM 47/5/4 from 18 January are still present, and the numbering of pews and sitters shows details of seating were being fully discussed. Therefore this should date with the later scheme

Medium and dimensions

Pencil, pen, wash, coloured washes of brown, Payne’s grey, orange, pink and yellow, pricked for transfer, on wove paper (728 x 527)





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