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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RIBA3647-71Roof, Hilton Country Club, Las Vegas

 
RIBA3648-71Kotas House, 123 Laidley Street, San Francisco

 
RIBA3649-71San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco


RIBA3650-71Advent Software, 301 Brannan Street, San Francisco

 
RIBA3651-71Casa Batllo, 43 Passeig de Gracia, Barcelona: balcony detail

 
RIBA3653-72Scottish Exhibition and Conference Centre, Glasgow


RIBA3654-72Victoria and Albert Museum, South Kensington, London: Aston Webb wing along Cromwell Road

 
RIBA3655-72Viceroy's House, New Delhi: the main entrance

 
RIBA3658-72Pantheon, Piazza della Rotonda, Rome


RIBA3661-72Erechtheion, Acropolis, Athens: Porch of the Caryatids

 
RIBA3662-72St Paul's Cathedral, City of London, seen from the south-east

 
RIBA3663-72St Martin-in-the-Fields, Trafalgar Square, London, seen from the south-west


RIBA3664-72Temple of Hephaestus (Theseion), Athens

 
RIBA3665-72Coal Exchange, Lower Thames Street, City of London

 
RIBA3666-72Westminster Abbey, London: the junction of the choir and the north transept vaults


RIBA3668-72Scarisbrick Hall, Lancashire

 
RIBA3669-72Villa Pisani (La Nazionale), Stra: the garden front

 
RIBA3670-72Tempietto in the courtyard of San Pietro in Montorio, Rome


RIBA3671-72Highclere Castle, Hampshire

 
RIBA3672-72Sir Terry Farrell

 
RIBA3674-72St Magnus the Martyr, Lower Thames Street, City of London


RIBA3675-72Arch of Constantine, Rome

 
RIBA3676-72Francis Apartments, Chicago

 
RIBA3677-72Castle Howard, North Yorkshire: the south front


RIBA3678-72Sainsbury Centre for the Visual Arts, University of East Anglia, Norwich

 
RIBA3679-72Schloss Neuschwanstein, Bavaria

 
RIBA3680-73Houses of Parliament, Palace of Westminster, London, seen from the south-west


RIBA3681-73Chiesa Nuova (Santa Maria in Vallicella), Rome: facade

 
RIBA3682-73The Wall, Tokyo

 
RIBA3683-73Sea and Ships Pavilion, Festival of Britain, South Bank, London


RIBA3684-73Dan Kiley

 
RIBA3685-73Finsbury Avenue Square, Broadgate, City of London

 
RIBA3686-73Villa Pisani (La Nazionale), Stra: the stables