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  • image SM 54/6/10

Reference number

SM 54/6/10


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


Section from north to south showing the nave and gallery level including the altar piece with Corinthian columns between inscription panels. The altar piece is placed behind a low guard rail behind a shallow arch with two fluted Doric half columns either side. Above are five lancet windows. Either side are two sets of doors aligned vertically to correspond with the nave and gallery levels. The roof level shows the truss arrangement with a main rafter above the principal, with struts, two queen posts, and a tie beam. Wooden pegs and metal rods secure the trusses together


scale of 12/5 inches to 10 feet


No.6 / The Section from North to South / of a design for Newington / Church

Signed and dated

  • September 1822
    John Soane Arch / Sep. 1822

Medium and dimensions

Pen, coloured washes of blue, pink, yellow, light and dark brown, pricked for transfer within a sextuplet ruled border on wove paper (580 x 461)


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




This is part of a set with SM 54/6/9 and SM 54/6/8. It shows the interior without a pews added, and the truss arrangement for the high-pitched roof seen in SM 54/6/8. The five windows are reduced to three in the 1823 sections (SM 54/6/18; SM 54/6/19), and the pitch of the roof is also reduced. Also note that the floor of the gallery level is flat, a feature which changes to a diagonal floor with a supporting underside bracket in the 1823 scheme (SM 54/6/18).



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