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Reference number

SM 54/6/41


[56] Working drawing for the balusters for the children's gallery, St Peter's, Walworth, London, June 1824, 13 July 1826


Elevation and section of one side of the balustrade and the organ. The architrave stems from the top of a Doric column and leads up the side wall of the gallery. A ceiling line divides the space horizontally. Above is the balustrade with a turned baluster in elevation. To the left is a baluster in profile supporting a scrolled bracket. Some additions in pencil


to a scale


St. Peter's Church / Walworth / Ceiling line under Gallery / Joist / Deal floor / I do agree to perform the whole of the / work, shown in this working drawing / without charging any extra expense / over and above my Contract / Ths Johnson & Sons / 13July 1824 (6?) / from floor to top of Book board - 3 feet 1 inch / the floors of Childrens Gallery / 8 inches higher than side gallery and some measurements given

Signed and dated

  • 16th June 1824
    June 16th. 1824
  • 13 July 1826
    13 July 1826. The 6 is smudged, but correspondence between John Soane and Thomas Johnson relating to gallery pews is dated to 1825, and makes 1826 more likely for the contract signing (SM Archives, Priv. Corr. x.c.1, 161, 166)

Medium and dimensions

Pencil, pen, wash, orange wash on wove paper (850 x 538)


Soane Office, draughtsman


Various rough designs in pencil with some measurements, subjects unknown


This drawing provides an example of an earlier design with a later contract for construction written upon it. The date of the signature on the contract is of significance, as the last digit is unfortunately smudged. It is likely to be July 1826, which meant that this was either a repair or a new set of childrens gallery balusters were being constructed almost one year and five months after consecration. Thomas Johnson and Sons were contractors for the carpentry work, and may have taken over after the death of Jonathan Bateman who had been the carpenter previously.


John, 2003, p. 45 fig. 30, p. 51



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