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  • image SM 54/1/13

Reference number

SM 54/1/13


[15] Finished drawing for the exterior of Holy Trinity Church, Marylebone, London, November 1820


Elevation and two alternate perspective views of Holy Trinity Church. In the centre is a front (west) elevation of a five-bay church with a portico of four-fluted Doric columns, and three doors between the intercolumniations. The end bays have rectangular windows with console-hood mouldings. Above the roofline is a short balustrade with Soane caps and pinecone finials. The tower has a drum with a clock face, a cylindrical second tier with a lancet window is supported by engaged Corinthian columns. The dome is short and topped by a large Soane cap and pinecone finial. Behind is a pitched roof. On the left is a perspective of a five-by-nine-bay church. The front and tower is identical to that of the centre elevation. The side has nine bays with rectangular windows on the first and ninth bays, and round-topped windows within relieving arches from the third to seventh bays, and the second and eigth bay are articulated by a screen of two fluted Doric columns. Above is the pitched roof with five bays. On the right is an east perspective of a five-by-nine-bay church. The side, pitched roof and tower are identical to those seen in the elevation and perpesctive. The rear consists of a recessed centre with the end bays from the side projecting beyond it. The end bays at the rear have rectangular windows with console-hood mouldings surmounted by inscription tablets


bar scale of 22/10 inch to 10 feet


Design for a Church proposed to be erected in the Parish of St. Marylebone. / Elevation of the Front. / Design No.1 / C. / View of the West Front. / Front Extends 73ft. 9 ¾ / View of the South and East Fronts.

Signed and dated

  • November 1820
    John Soane / Lincoln’s Inn Fields. / November. 1820.

Medium and dimensions

Pen, wash, coloured washes of blue, brown, sepia, and stone within a triple ruled border, and pricked for transfer on wove paper (961 x 627)


Soane Office, draughtsman
Probably SOANE, Sir John (1754--1837), architect


Carr, 1976, vol. II p. 354, vol. III, p. 826 fig. 143



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