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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RIBA126100Furniture display for Messrs W. Rowntree & Sons Ltd, Scarborough

 
RIBA126101Cover of the brochure 'Where Life Is Living' promoting the Isokon3 development at St Leonard's Hill Estate, Windsor: general view of the buildings from the south-east

 
RIBA126102Preliminary designs for Brackenfell (formerly Morton House), Brampton, Cumbria


RIBA126103Designs for Brackenfell (formerly Morton House), Brampton, Cumbria: perspective from the entrance gates

 
RIBA126104Designs for nursery school, Bradburns Lane, Hartford, Northwich, for Mrs D. S. Perry: elevations and sections

 
RIBA126105Renzo Piano


RIBA126106Richard Rogers (Lord Rogers of Riverside)

 
RIBA126107Mario Botta

 
RIBA126108Two half-elevations of fireplaces


RIBA126109Two half-elevations of fireplaces

 
RIBA126110Two half-elevations of fireplaces

 
RIBA126111Two half-elevations of fireplaces


RIBA126112Two half-elevations of fireplaces

 
RIBA126113Two half-elevations of fireplaces: left-hand side with sculpted figure in a helmet; right-hand side with a cuirass and trophies of arms

 
RIBA126114Elevation of a fireplace design with alternative variations in design to right and left


RIBA126115Two half-elevations of fireplaces

 
RIBA126116Two half-elevations of fireplaces

 
RIBA126117Two half-elevations, of upper part of a chimneypiece or of doors or dormers


RIBA126118Two half-elevations of fireplaces

 
RIBA126119Pen drawing of St George and the Dragon

 
RIBA126120Two half-elevations of fireplaces


RIBA126121Half-elevation of a fireplace (left), and perspective and side view of a chimney (right)

 
RIBA126122Profiles and mouldings

 
RIBA126123Sir William Tite


RIBA126124Sir William Tite

 
RIBA126125Sir William Tite

 
RIBA126126Sir William Tite


RIBA126127Sir William Tite

 
RIBA126128Sir William Tite

 
RIBA126129James Wyatt


RIBA126130James Wyatt

 
RIBA126131James Wyatt

 
RIBA126132James Wyatt