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  • image SM 54/3/6

Reference number

SM 54/3/6


[8] Design for the exterior of Holy Trinity Church, Marylebone, London, 25 September 1820


Perspective of a five-by-seven bay church within a landscape. Similar in many regards to SM 54/3/4, with the exceptions being: the columns around the front and side are fluted, the first and seventh bays are articulated by a screen of Doric columns, with no stepped entrance at the second and eighth bays, and all the windows sills are strigilated. The cornice is flat, without projecting elements. The banded base at the front of the roof has volute pediments, the columns around the tower are Corinthian, and there is a five-bay attic roof


to a scale


Sketch for a design for a New Church in the Parish of St. Marylebone.

Signed and dated

  • 25 September 1820
    25th Septr. 1820.

Medium and dimensions

Pen, wash, coloured washes of light blue, brown, green, olive green, Payne’s grey, sepia, stone, and yellow on wove paper (507 x 356)


Soane Office, draughtsman


This design sees Soane starting to think of the possibility of a raised central roof structure, pertaining to an attic roof or clerestory level, as a means of channeling more light through the small side windows, in addition to the large windows within the walls of the nave. Here the side stepped entrances with a columned porch and pediment are replaced (reduced) with a double column screen on the second and eighth bays.


Carr, 1976, vol. II p. ; vol. III, p. 824 fig. 138



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