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  • image SM 54/4/30

Reference number

SM 54/4/30


[107] Design for a Doric column at Holy Trinity Church, Marylebone, London, January 1826


Plan and elevations of a Doric column. The plan on the bottom right-hand side of the sheet shows the interior masonry of the column. Wrapped around it are three annulets, the large circle surrounding these elements is the echinus, and they are set within a square representing the abacus. The elevation detail above shows the top of the column with the necking groove above the shaft, then three annulets, the echinus and across the top the abacus with a smaller cushion plinth. On the left-hand side there is an elevation showing a square base beneath the floor level, and above is the column which is topped by a capital, identical to the detail elevation. Red pen is used for centring


bar scale of 2 inches to 1 foot


(This drawing to be returned) / Plan and Elevation of one of the Columns that support the Gallery- / Marylebone New Church / York Base / Floor of Church / Plan of the Capital. half the full size. / Elevation of the Capital. half the full size. measurements and some calculations given

Signed and dated

  • January 1826
    Lincolns Inn Fields / January 1826.

Medium and dimensions

Pencil, pen, and pink wash, and pricked for transfer on wove paper (750 x 542)


Probably Stephen Burchell (1806 - c.1843), draughtsman




The columns for the gallery had previously been half-fluted (SM 54/2/9-10), but all the sections and this plan and elevation show the interior Doric columns as unfluted, and this was the final design.



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