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Reference number

SM 47/1/81


[1] Design for the chapel, ?20-21 May 1801


Perspective of the church with the new chapel from the south-east

Signed and dated

  • probably 20-21 May 1801

Medium and dimensions

Pen, sepia, yellow ochre, blue and green washes within five ruled sepia wash border on wove paper (327 x 556)


Henry Hake Seward or Thomas Sword


WL 1794


The first mention of the new chapel in the Soane Office Day Books is in an entry made on 20 May 1801. This perspective shows an early variant design for a plain new chapel from the south-east. It has a curved wall, butresses, battlements and two visible pointed-arched windows with Y-shaped tracery. Four variant designs were sent to Mrs Brocas on 22 May 1801.



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