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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RIBA125897Three half-elevations and one whole elevation of dormers with segmental pediments

 
RIBA125898(Top) Two whole and one half-elevation of dormers; (below) part of a three-storey pavilion with part of an adjoining wing to the left

 
RIBA125899Elaborate elevation of a pedimented double dormer window


RIBA125900Elevation of double dormer windows surmounted by a large, single triangular pediment with an oeil-de-boeuf in the centre

 
RIBA125901Elevation of one and a half bays of a gallery built over an arcade and with lucarnes and oeils-de-boeuf in the attic storey

 
RIBA125902Elevation of double dormer windows with broken triangular pediment covering both, military trophies on each side, and all surmounted by a fleur-de-lis and ducal coronet


RIBA125903Three half-elevations of dormer windows and (at top right-hand side) half-elevation of a two-storey rusticated facade with steps to the entrance door

 
RIBA125904Two elevations of oeil-de-boeuf lucarnes for an attic storey: the top one is possibly a variation on those of the garden facade of the Petite Galerie of the Louvre, the lower one is from the end facade of the Petite Galerie, facing the Seine

 
RIBA125905One whole elevation and four half-elevations of circular lucarnes with oeils-de-boeuf, as well as a decorated tablet at lower left


RIBA125906One half-elevation of a lucarne with an oval niche surmounted by military trophies

 
RIBA125907Trevi Fountain, Rome, seen from the side

 
RIBA125908Foro Romano, Temple of Vespasian, Rome


RIBA125909So-called Temple of Bacchus, later Church of Sant'Urbano, Rome: exterior view

 
RIBA125910Baths of Caracalla, Rome: interior of the central hall

 
RIBA125911Arch of Janus Quadrifrons with the Arch of the Moneychangers, Rome


RIBA125912St Peter's Square with St Peter's Basilica and colonnades, Rome

 
RIBA125913Capriccio known as The Skeletons

 
RIBA125914Capriccio known as The Triumphal Arch


RIBA125915Capriccio known as The Tomb of Nero

 
RIBA125916Capriccio known as The Monumental Tablet

 
RIBA125917Hellman cartoon in the Architects' Journal for 16 March 1983 on how the architect and his profession is viewed.


RIBA125918Hellman cartoon in the Architects' Journal for 5 September 1984 on how the architect and his profession is viewed.

 
RIBA125919St Saviour's Church, Coalpit Heath, Gloucestershire: south elevation with outline plans of details

 
RIBA125920Rapid sketches of peasants and a more detailed figure of a seated peasant with colour notes


RIBA125921Arch of Claudius, Rome

 
RIBA125922Pantheon, Piazza della Rotonda, Rome

 
RIBA125923Ponte Rotto (Pons Aemilius), Rome


RIBA125924Design for a wallpaper showing 'four & twenty blackbirds baked in a pie'

 
RIBA125925Design for the new entrance to the Fine Arts Society, 148 New Bond Street, London: part-plans of ground and first floors and elevation

 
RIBA125926Competition designs for the Assize Courts, Bristol (design A): front elevation after a competition drawing of 1866


RIBA125927Competition designs for the Assize Courts, Bristol (design B): front elevation to Small Steet

 
RIBA125928Competition designs for the Assize Courts, Bristol (design C): front elevation to Small Street

 
RIBA125929Competition designs for the Assize Courts, Bristol (design C): section