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  • image SM 54/1/7

Reference number

SM 54/1/7


[34] Finished drawing for the portico and steeple of Holy Trinity Church, Marylebone, 1822


Plan of a portico, with steps leading to a five-by-one bay entrance. The central three bays are recessed behind a colonnade of four columns. The central two columns are paired, and with a second colonnade behind. The columns are flanked by two towers containing D-shaped internal staircases. A section on the left-hand side shows the bottom portion of the steeple placed above the Doric columns of the portico, with a louvre on the central axis. Above is a plan for the steeple with a Greek cross arrangement. On the top-left of the sheet is a plan for the bottom part of a circular tower element with eight columns, and above is another plan of a smaller circular element of the tower with six columns. These have been drawn over a pencil design showing posts and cross bars for an unknown subject, and a crenellated design runs up the right-hand side and along the top edge


bar scale of 21/2 inches to 10 feet


front extent / Plan of Portico and parts of the Steeple (Church in the Parish of St. Marylebone) / in

Signed and dated

  • 1822

Medium and dimensions

Pencil, pen, wash and pink wash, and pricked for transfer on wove paper (940 x 611)


Soane Office, draughtsman




The plan for the portico is another variation, as it does not match any of the other entrance porticos in the group. The only consistent element is the placement of the front columns in antis.



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