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  • image SM 54/6/9

Reference number

SM 54/6/9


[10] Finished drawing for the interior, St Peter's Walworth, section, London, September 1822


Section of the church from the west to the east side. This shows the front steps leading up past the Ionic colonnade and into the church. The elements of the tower show the space for the clock beneath the shuttered louvre and the cylindrical elements such as the square headed lancet window, the dome, and weather vane. There are seven bays of arched transom windows running from nave up to gallery level. The nave shows box pews along the side, whilst fluted Doric columns support a balustrade corresponding to the middle five bays, the first and last bays show Ionic columns flanking apertures. The gallery shows a balustrade running along six and a half bays between arched openings, with each impost lined up with the Doric column beneath. The rear portion of the church shows a door approached by steps with a small lancet window beside, and above a larger lancet window on gallery level. On roof level there are the trusses and beams joined together by wooden pegs and metal rods. The east side shows the underside of the metal slated roof, and some of the outside can be seen in profile towards the rear


to scale 12/5 inches to 10 feet


No.5 / John Soane Arch / Sep 1822 / Section from West to East / of a design for Newington Church

Signed and dated

  • September 1822
    September 1822, to be seen as a set with SM 54/6/8 and SM 54/6/10

Medium and dimensions

Pencil, pen, coloured wash in pink, grey, sepia, and yellow within a sextuplet ruled border, pricked for transfer on wove paper (461 x 579)


Probably Bailey, George (1792--1860), draughtsman
Soane Office Day Book for the majority of September 1822 has Bailey and others working on drawings for Newington Church. The letter forms such as the -S and -N, and 'Church', conform to Bailey's hand
SOANE, Sir John (1754--1837), architect




Carr 1976, p. 877 fig. 242
John 2003, p. 54 fig. 48



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