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SM drawer 69/1/17


Presentation design of west front and steeple of church, probably for engraving




1/8 inch to 1 foot


At top left, in pen and brown ink, probably by Gibbs, S.t Martins

Signed and dated

  • 1726, or soon after

Medium and dimensions

Pen and grey ink, with grey wash, on thick laid paper, with modern canvas backing-tape to central horizontal tear, along fold; 653 x 306


James Gibbs




The drawing records the executed scheme, dated 1726 on the frieze, and is the successor to a suite of pen-and-grey-wash drawings that Gibbs prepared in 1721 in the early stages of the se design, now in the Ashmolean Museum (see T. Friedman, James Gibbs, 1984, fig. 39).



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