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Reference number

SM 59/10/5

Purpose

[4] Design for the principal west front of St John’s, Bethnal Green, 25 May 1825

Aspect

Elevation of the principal west front of the church, of five bays, with windows at nave and gallery level, and three doors. The front is divided by six giant pilasters with accentuated capitals. Above are the base and a two-tiered tower with shuttered louvre and clock face, supporting columns with caps and pinecone finials, surmounted by a dome and finial. On the left of the tower is a faded pencil design possibly for the neck of a column and a capital

Scale

bar scale of 1 inch to 5 feet

Inscribed

some measurements and calculations

Signed and dated

  • 25 May 1825
    (in pencil) May 25th / 1825

Medium and dimensions

Pencil, red pen, pen wash, Payne’s grey, sepia, stone and yellow, pricked for transfer, on wove paper (526 x 362)

Hand

Probably Stephen Burchell (1806 - c.1843), draughtsman
The Soane Office Day Book for 25 May has Burchell and Davis working on designs for for a church in the parish of Bethnal Green
Probably Edward Davis (1802 - 1852), draughtsman
The Soane Office Day Book for 25 May has Burchell and Davis working on designs for for a church in the parish of Bethnal Green

Verso

Faded pencil designs for an unknown subject

Watermark

SMITH & ALLNUTT / 1817

Level

Drawing

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