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Eddystone Lighthouse

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Collection Ship models, Dockyards, buildings, and topography
ExhibitionsGuiding Lights
Gallery locationNot on display

Object details:

Object ID SLR2902
Description Scale: Unknown. A model of the fourth Eddystone Lighthouse, completed in 1759, made entirely in wood with metal, cork, and glass fittings. The base of the model is realistically modelled in cork depicting the Eddystone reef with two work boats, both with transom sterns. The lighthouse is made from two different coloured woods that show the red and white horizontal bands of the actual lighthouse. The lighthouse splits horizontally into six sections, four of which are at the floor level of each room and depicts the internal structure and room layouts. The lower-most dividing point shows the interlocking stone structure of the lighthouse's foundations. The first floor depicts the lower storeroom and its fittings and equipment. The second floor depicts the upper storeroom. The third floor depicts the living room and its furnishings. The fourth floor depicts the bedroom with its three keepers' bunks. The lantern is glazed on each of its eight sides and the light is depicted with its cover in position. A brass gallery rail encircles the lantern and a tall flagstaff is rigged to it. A weather vane in the form of an arrow is mounted to the top of the cupola. There are a number of operable windows and two doors can also be opened, just inside one of which is a working crane.
Date made circa 1865

Artist/Maker Knott, George
Credit National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London
Materials wood: walnut; wood: box; wood: mahogany; bone; cork; glass; metal
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