Smeaton's Lighthouse under construction on the Eddystone Rocks James Record

Smeaton's Lighthouse under construction on the Eddystone Rocks by James Record

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Smeaton's Lighthouse under construction on the Eddystone Rocks

Depiction of the third lighthouse built upon the Eddystone Rocks, near Plymouth. The third lighthouse was built following the destruction of earlier versions designed by Henry Winstanley (1644-1703), and John Rudyard (or Rudyerd; 1650- ca.1718). The Royal Society recommended the civil engineer John Smeaton (1724-1792) for the job; his lighthouse was completed in 1759. Plate 14 of A narrative of the building and a description of the construction of the Edystone lighthouse with stone, by John Smeaton (London, 1791). The Royal Society's copy was donated by the author on 20 January 1791. The plate is inscribed: 'A View of the ROCK on the EAST SIDE, and of the WORK advanced to course XV, being the first of the ENTRY COURSES, Shewing the manner of LANDING and HOISTING the STONES etc in every stage of the BUILDING.' Includes scale: 1 inch = 6 feet

Original: line engraving. 1786

  • Image reference: RS-10382

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