Margate harbour, Kent

Lighting the Way 

Images of Lighthouses from the RIBA Collections

Of the many navigational aids lighthouses are perhaps the most symbolic and, frequently by virtue of the need to construct them in wild and rugged locations, some of the most challenging to build.

This article about five very different lighthouses from 1543 to 1960 is accompanied by the gallery below showing the wide range of images of lighthouses held in the RIBA Collections.

All of the images are available to download, purchase or license as well as other images here with a nautical theme.  

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RIBA125798Competition designs for baths and wash-houses, New Islington, Manchester: south-west, north-east and south-east elevations

 
RIBA125799Competition designs for baths and wash-houses, New Islington, Manchester: sections

 
RIBA125800Competition design for public baths, library and fire station, Gorton Road, Reddish, Stockport: perspective from the north-west


RIBA125801Designs for Montpellier Rotunda (or Pump Room) and for alterations and additions, Montpellier Spa, Cheltenham, for Henry Thompson Esq.: unexecuted design for newly exposed side elevation to the 'New Gloucester Road' (Lansdown Place)

 
RIBA125802Designs, as executed, for Putney Swimming Baths, Upper Richmond Road and Dryburgh Road, Wandsworth, London, for Wandsworth Borough Council: site plan

 
RIBA125803Designs, as executed, for Putney Swimming Baths, Upper Richmond Road and Dryburgh Road, Wandsworth, London, for Wandsworth Borough Council: sections


RIBA125804Design for a poster for the Central Liquor Control Board entitled 'The Early Bird Catches the Worm' to decorate a pub or canteen, possibly in the Carlisle area

 
RIBA125805Presentation drawings for the Metropolitan Cathedral of Christ the King, Liverpool: cross section

 
RIBA125806Presentation drawings for the Metropolitan Cathedral of Christ the King, Liverpool: ground floor plan


RIBA125807Designs for the Henbury Rotunda, Henbury, for Sebastian de Ferranti: preliminary axonometric cutaway

 
RIBA125808Designs for the Henbury Rotunda, Henbury, for Sebastian de Ferranti: decorative details

 
RIBA125809Designs for the Henbury Rotunda, Henbury, for Sebastian de Ferranti: working drawing for dome and lantern


RIBA125810Designs for the Henbury Rotunda, Henbury, for Sebastian de Ferranti: lantern details

 
RIBA125811Designs for the Henbury Rotunda, Henbury, for Sebastian de Ferranti: axonometric cutaway

 
RIBA125812Designs for the Henbury Rotunda, Henbury, for Sebastian de Ferranti: presentation drawing showing plans, elevation and sections (C)


RIBA125813Designs for the Henbury Rotunda, Henbury, for Sebastian de Ferranti: presentation drawing showing plans, elevation and sections (A)

 
RIBA125814Designs for the Henbury Rotunda, Henbury, for Sebastian de Ferranti: presentation drawing showing plans, elevation and sections (B)

 
RIBA125815Design for completing William Wilkin's facade of the National Gallery, Trafalgar Square, London: plan and elevations


RIBA125816Designs for interior decoration of 44 Belgrave Square, Belgravia, London, for the Honourable Percy Wyndham: elevation of entrance hall wall in dark red and black with a grey frieze; (right) plan of entrance hall ceiling, in grey

 
RIBA125817Designs for the interior decoration of 29 Chesham Place, London, for Sir Sydney Hedley Waterlow, Bt: elevation of the drawing room wall with entrance doors to the conservatory either side of a niche

 
RIBA125818Designs for the interior decoration of 9 Chesterfield Gardens, London, for Henry, Lord Leconfield: two designs for the dining room walls


RIBA125819Designs for the interior decoration of the addition to Lythe Hill, Haslemere, Surrey, for James Stewart Hodgson Esq.: plan and section of the billiard room ceiling

 
RIBA125820Designs for the interior decoration of 52 Prince's Gate, London, for Thomas Eustace Smith, Esq.: plan of dining room ceiling

 
RIBA125821Design for the staircase, Wildernesse House, Seal, near Sevenoaks, Kent, for Lady Louisa Mills: section


RIBA125822Design for the interior decoration of 15 Berkeley Square, Mayfair, London, for F Lehmann, Esq: elevation of a wall of the Green Drawing Room

 
RIBA125823Design for the interior decoration of 15 Berkeley Square, Mayfair, London, for F Lehmann, Esq: elevation of a wall in a second floor dressing room

 
RIBA125824Design for the interior decoration of 15 Berkeley Square, Mayfair, London, for F Lehmann, Esq: plan and elevation of the ceiling in small drawing room


RIBA125825Designs for the drawing room & dining room, No. 22 Prince's Gate, London, for H. S. Keating: elevation of wall in the drawing room with two doorways, in blue and gold

 
RIBA125826Designs for the drawing room & dining room, No. 22 Prince's Gate, London, for H. S. Keating: elevation of wall in the dining room with one doorway, in dark red, black and pink

 
RIBA125827Designs for the interior decoration of 1 Grosvenor Crescent, London, for Sir Wilfrid Lawson M.P.: elevation of dining room wall with three doorways, in green & brown


RIBA125828Royal Exchange Assurance Offices, 29 Pall Mall, London: perspective of the facade, as built except for minor details

 
RIBA125829Royal Exchange Assurance Offices, 29 Pall Mall, London: perspective of the interior of one of the rooms

 
RIBA125830Designs for the interior decoration of the addition to Lythe Hill, Haslemere, Surrey, for James Stewart Hodgson Esq.: design for gates in wrought iron work incorporating the initial H