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  • image SM 54/6/11

Reference number

SM 54/6/11


[8] Finished drawing, St Peter's, Walworth, London, September 1822


Perspective of the western and southern fronts of a five-by-nine bay church set within a landscape. The west entrance is approached by stairs leading to four recessed Ionic columns, with three double doors with surround and architraves behind. The central door is the largest. Aligned above the doors are three windows. Both the north and south walls have large transomed arched windows. There is a frieze of fret. The architrave is only placed above the western front. On top there are four pinecone finials, with one at each end, and the other two above the entrance bay. One pinecone finial is on the southern flank at the end of the first bay and two on the ninth bay. The two central pinecone finials on the front, frame the balustrade which has a cap at each end. The rectangular portion of the tower has a clock face beneath a shuttered louvre, which is repeated on the southern face, and the architrave is supported by Corinthian pilasters. Above is a further balustrade with a pinecone cap at each corner, surmounted by the cylindrical portion of the tower with a lancet window, and the architrave is supported by engaged Corinthian columns. A dome surmounted by a weather vane is at the apex. The pitched roof extends behind the tower


to a scale


No.2 / John Soane Arch / Lin Inn fields / Sep 1822 / Newington Church

Signed and dated

  • September 1822
    Lincolns Inn Fields / September 1822

Medium and dimensions

Pencil, pen, wash, coloured washes of cerulean blue, brown, green, olive green and stone, within an octuplet bordered on wove paper (585 x 449)


Probably SOANE, Sir John (1754--1837), architect
It is signed-off on the bottom left-hand corner
Probably Bailey, George (1792--1860), draughtsman
Soane Office Day Books record Bailey working on designs from early to mid-September alongside others. However, the -N and writing of 'Church' conform to Bailey's hand


This design is consistent with the others, but the windows are no longer latticed. The effort made with the drawing, and the coloured border, may suggest Soane saw this design as important. Without specific dates we cannot be certain whether this was a concept design produced in September 1822 before SM 54/6/7 and SM 54/6/8, or was the culmination of those designs.


Carr 1977, p. 818 fig. 244
John 2003, pp. 52, 57, fig. 44



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