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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RIBA125930Competition designs for the Assize Courts, Bristol (design C): front elevation

 
RIBA125931Competition designs for the Assize Courts, Bristol (design C): sketch elevation

 
RIBA125932Competition design for the Royal Institute of British Architects, 66 Portland Place, London: plans, elevation and section


RIBA125933Design for housing estate of tower blocks: perspective

 
RIBA125934Preliminary designs for the School of Education (il Magistero), University of Urbino, Urbino: plan of the lecture theatre, studies of the terraces, a circular temple-like structure, a wall with towers and figure studies

 
RIBA125935View showing house, conservatory and new wing with observatory in parkland setting, Orwell Park, Nacton, near Ipswich, for George Tomline: perspective


RIBA125936Competition design for new police headquarters, Marylebone Road, London, for New Scotland Yard: elevation

 
RIBA125937Presentation drawing for Westville Road Primary School, Hammersmith, London: perspective

 
RIBA125938Competition design for the Queen Victoria Memorial, The Mall, Westminster, London: bird's-eye perspective looking from Buckingham Palace down The Mall


RIBA125939Design for 54 & 55 Piccadilly, Westminster, London: perspective

 
RIBA125940Design for Cranbourne House, Westminster, London: perspective

 
RIBA125941Three half-elevations of fireplaces (above); elevation of a fireplace with detail of moulding and to the left of it a profile view with a steep chimney cowl


RIBA125942Two half-elevations of fireplaces

 
RIBA125943Two half-elevations of fireplaces of elaborate design

 
RIBA125944Two half-elevations of fireplaces


RIBA125945Elevation of an elaborate fireplace with the chimneypiece flanked by standing figures of Justice and Fortitude

 
RIBA125946An elaborate engraved cartouche, being the engraved title page of a book of cartouches

 
RIBA125947Plan, possbly for an altar


RIBA125948Landscape scene within a cartouche with shell and fish head

 
RIBA125949Measured drawings of Old St Paul's Cathedral, City of London, for 'a restoration founded upon Hollar's etchings': north elevation

 
RIBA125950Measured drawings of Old St Paul's Cathedral, City of London, for 'a restoration founded upon Hollar's etchings': east elevation and transverse section


RIBA125951Measured drawings of Old St Paul's Cathedral, City of London, for 'a restoration founded upon Hollar's etchings': longitudinal section

 
RIBA125952Measured drawings of Sir Christopher Wren's design for St Paul's Cathedral, City of London, according to the 1673 'Great Model': ground floor plan, plan of the lantern and half-plan through the drum of the dome

 
RIBA125953Measured drawings of Sir Christopher Wren's design for St Paul's Cathedral, City of London, according to the 1673 'Great Model': south elevation


RIBA125954Measured drawings of Sir Christopher Wren's design for St Paul's Cathedral, City of London, according to the 1673 'Great Model': west elevation

 
RIBA125955Measured drawings of Sir Christopher Wren's design for St Paul's Cathedral, City of London, according to the 1673 'Great Model': longitudinal section

 
RIBA125956Imaginary reconstruction of Sir Christopher Wren's design for St Paul's Cathedral, City of London, according to the 1673 'Great Model': perspective of the interior


RIBA125957Topographical etching entitled 'London going out of Town - or The March of Bricks & Mortar!'

 
RIBA125958Survey drawing of the Church of Saint Katherine, Exbury, Hampshire, existing in 1907: ground floor plan

 
RIBA125959Designs for alterations and additions of the Church of Saint Katherine, Exbury, Hampshire: ground floor plan and elevations


RIBA125960Designs for alterations and additions of the Church of Saint Katherine, Exbury, Hampshire: elevation and sections

 
RIBA125961Designs for alterations and additions of the Church of Saint Katherine, Exbury, Hampshire: plan and elevation of pulpit

 
RIBA125962Caythorpe Court, Lincolnshire, for Edgar Lubbock: plan and aerial view showing terrace and gardens in relation to the house