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  • image SM 54/2/11

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SM 54/2/11


[56] Design for the principal front of Holy Trinity Church, Marylebone, London, November 1824


Elevation of the principal front of a five-bay church showing a flight of steps leading up to a porch of four Ionic columns, which are supporting a projecting cornice decorated with a frieze of fret. Recessed between the intercolumniations are three panelled double-doors with surrounds, the central door being the largest. Flanking this, on each of the end bays there are transomed windows: round headed above and square at the bottom with panels beneath, all set within a relieving arch. Aligned at vault level are the tops of two square windows. On each side of the church there is a Corinthian pilaster shown in profile. Above the roof line is a balustrade interrupted with five sets of turned balusters, and behind is the wide base for a tower with a cap on each corner. The rectangular portion of the tower has a shuttered louvre at the bottom and a clock face above. The architrave is supported by Corinthian pilasters, and it has pinecone caps. Above is the cylindrical portion of the tower, with a lancet window, and the architrave is supported by engaged Corinthian columns. Above is a dome with antefixes attached around its base, and it is surmounted by a finial


bar scale of 1 inch to 5 feet


Trinity Church, - St. Marylebone. / Elevation of the West Front, as designed.

Signed and dated

  • November 1824
    Lincolns Inn Fields / November 1824

Medium and dimensions

Pen, wash, coloured washes of brown, olive green, Payne’s grey, sepia and stone, and pricked for transfer on wove paper (714 x 508)


Soane Office, draughtsman





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