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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RIBA125963Design for alterations and additions to Lockleys, Welwyn, Hertfordshire: plans and perspective

 
RIBA125964Designs for alterations and additions to Betteshanger House and gardens, Kent, for Sir Walter Charles James: design for terrace and parterre

 
RIBA125965Designs for alterations and additions to Betteshanger House and gardens, Kent, for Sir Walter Charles James: design for garden steps


RIBA125966Designs for alterations and additions to Betteshanger House and gardens, Kent, for Sir Walter Charles James: design for terracing behind retaining walls and a sundial in a parterre

 
RIBA125967Designs for alterations and additions to Betteshanger House and gardens, Kent, for Sir Walter Charles James: design for terrace and parterre

 
RIBA125968Designs for alterations and additions to Betteshanger House and gardens, Kent, for Sir Walter Charles James: plan and elevations of terraces and retaining walls


RIBA125969Preliminary designs for parterres, Condover Hall, Shropshire, for Reginald Cholmondley: plan

 
RIBA125970Preliminary designs for parterres, Condover Hall, Shropshire, for Reginald Cholmondley: plan

 
RIBA125971Preliminary design for the expansion of Coombe Warren I, Kingston-upon-Thames, London, for Bertram Wodehouse Currie: elevation of the garden wall


RIBA125972Designs and working drawings for garden terraces, gateway, garden pavilion, lodges and Bay House of Coombe Warren II, Kingston-upon-Thames, London, for Bertram Wodehouse Currie: elevation of a garden pavilion

 
RIBA125973Designs and working drawings for garden terraces, gateway, garden pavilion, lodges and Bay House of Coombe Warren II, Kingston-upon-Thames, London, for Bertram Wodehouse Currie: plan of house, new terraces and walls, elevation of steps and urn

 
RIBA125974Design for garden walls, potting sheds, greenhouses and alterations to dairy, Coombe Warren II, Kingston-upon-Thames, London, for Laurence Currie: site plan


RIBA125975Preliminary designs for the porch and garden, 18 Carlton House Terrace, Westminster, London, for the 2nd Lord Granville: perspective of the garden

 
RIBA125976Design for alterations and additions to Gravetye Manor, West Hoathly, West Sussex, for William Robinson: general plan

 
RIBA125977Designs for a new mansion and for two cottages, Goldings, Hertford, Hertfordshire, for Robert Smith: plan of the great parterre and elevation of one of its enclosing walls


RIBA125978Design for a house, Whittington (now Wittington), Medmenham, Buckinghamshire, for Sir Hudson Ewbanke Kearley, Bt: plan and perspective of the garden front

 
RIBA125979Designs the replanning of approaches and the formal garden, Penshurst Place, Penshurst, Kent, for Sir Philip Sidney, 2nd Baron De L'Isle and Dudley: perspective of the house and garden

 
RIBA125980Designs the replanning of approaches and the formal garden, Penshurst Place, Penshurst, Kent, for Sir Philip Sidney, 2nd Baron De L'Isle and Dudley: sketches of garden steps and finials to garden piers


RIBA125981Designs the replanning of approaches and the formal garden, Penshurst Place, Penshurst, Kent, for Sir Philip Sidney, 2nd Baron De L'Isle and Dudley: aerial perspective showing a fantasy view of Penshurst Place and gardens in the mid-18th century

 
RIBA125982Designs for Wretham Hall, Wretham, Norfolk, for Saxon Noble Esq.: plan and elevations

 
RIBA125983Design for the gardens at Mellerstain House, near Kelso, Roxburghshire, for Col. Lord Binning: aerial perspective


RIBA125984Unexecuted designs for a country house on the Hudson River, New York State, for Mr E. H. Harriman: plan of site showing layout of garden

 
RIBA125985Unexecuted designs for a country house on the Hudson River, New York State, for Mr E. H. Harriman: ground floor plan with central block around courtyard and two symmetrical projecting wings

 
RIBA125986Unexecuted designs for a country house on the Hudson River, New York State, for Mr E. H. Harriman: first floor plan


RIBA125987Unexecuted designs for a country house on the Hudson River, New York State, for Mr E. H. Harriman: entrance elevation in a Renaissance palazzo style

 
RIBA125988Unexecuted designs for a country house on the Hudson River, New York State, for Mr E. H. Harriman: two elevations and perspective sketch

 
RIBA125989Unexecuted designs for a country house on the Hudson River, New York State, for Mr E. H. Harriman: perspective sketch of entrance front


RIBA125990Unexecuted designs for a country house on the Hudson River, New York State, for Mr E. H. Harriman: perspective of entrance, possibly in a corner of a courtyard

 
RIBA125991Postcard illustrating the Rhodes Memorial, Rondebosch, Cape Town

 
RIBA125992Letter from Sir Herbert Baker to his wife Lady Florence from Delhi, dated 16 October 1913


RIBA125993Designs for the interior remodelling and decorating of 10 Carlton House Terrace, St James's, London, for Matthew White Ridley, 2nd Viscount Ridley: longitudinal section through staircase

 
RIBA125994Designs for the interior remodelling and decorating of 10 Carlton House Terrace, St James's, London, for Matthew White Ridley, 2nd Viscount Ridley: plans of the secondary stair

 
RIBA125995Designs for the interior remodelling and decorating of 10 Carlton House Terrace, St James's, London, for Matthew White Ridley, 2nd Viscount Ridley: sections of the secondary stair