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The ageless charm of lighthouses in old drawings and prints

by | Mar 4, 2021 | Maritime Art, Culture and History

We have been so spoiled by colours that many of us may overlook the power of monochrome art. The following drawings, etchings, engravings and lithographs of lighthouses lack the usual colours that mesmerise the eye. Yet, they all bring out the beauty and splendour of lighthouses. They are a testament as well to the skill of the artists who were fascinated by these structures.

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Lighthouse in Cleveland, Ohio, on Lake Erie (engraving, date unknown)
Pierre Eugène I Aubert (French, 1789–1847)
Courtesy of The Cleveland Museum of Art

Montauk Lighthouse (lithograph, 1937)
Mabel Dwight (American,1875–1955)
Courtesy of the Philadelphia Museum of Art

Eddystone Lighthouse (pencil drawing, 1840)
Mary Altha Nims (American, 1817–1907)
Courtesy of The Cleveland Museum of Ar

1) Boston Light, 1882
Illustration by Charles Copeland
from King’s handbook of Boston harbor by Moses Foster Sweetser (published by Moses King, 1882)

2) Lighthouse on the island of Schouwen (lithograph, 1834–1874)
L. Valk (no details on artist)
Courtesy of Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam

Three warships anchored at a lighthouse (engraving and etching, 1561–1565)
Frans Huys (Flemish Dutch, 1522–1562) after design by Pieter Bruegel
Courtesy of Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam

Lighthouse, Civitavecchia (pencil drawing, 1843)
Miner Kilbourne Kellogg (American, 1814–1889)
Courtesy of the Smithsonian American Art Museum

Lighthouse in Katwijk, (etching and drypoint, 1869–1902)
Carel Nicolaas Storm van ‘s Gravesande (Dutch,1841–1924)
Courtesy of Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam

Nubbli Lighthouse (etching, 1938)
Emil Ganso (German-born American, 1895–1941)
Courtesy of the Smithsonian American Art Museum

Lighthouse J.C.J. van Speijk in Egmond aan Zee (lithograph, 1841)
Paulus Lauters (Belgian, 1806–1875)
Courtesy of Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam

~ Barista Uno

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