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  • image SM 54/6/35

Reference number

SM 54/6/35


[54] Design for the base of a pilaster, St Peter's, Walworth, London, 10 November 1824


Elevation of the base of a pilaster, showing the mouldings in elevation and profile


full size


St Peter's Church Walworth / Mouldings of Pilasters at the angles of the / Pulpit and Reading Desk / (Full Size) / No.3 / Mouldings to Panels a.b.c. / Full size

Signed and dated

  • 10th November 1824
    Lincoln's Inn Fields / 10th. Novr. 1824

Medium and dimensions

Pencil, pen, wash, and pink wash on lightweight wove paper (675 x 511)


Probably Bailey, George (1792--1860), draughtsman
The Soane Office Day Books for 10 November record Bailey as working on designs for the pulpit for St Peter's, and some of the letter forms


This does not appear to be part of the pulpit, but rather the base of a pilaster on the wall with the masonry indicated in pink. Nonetheless, the inscription is not exactly clear where this pilaster would be placed. Looking at the floor plans (SM 54/6/5), it may correspond to the pillar arrangement behind the pulpit and reading desk, and attached to the main pews. Nonetheless, this remains conjectural.



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