Corbiere Rocks, Jersey
Medium: Photographic print
Corbiere Lighthouse, on the south-west coast of Jersey, was constructed in 1874 from reinforced concrete, the first of its kind in Britain. The original lamp was lit by paraffin oil and would have had only a fraction of the reach of today's 18-mile beam. At low tide, a causeway joins the lighthouse to the coast, as shown in this view taken from 'The Picturesque Scenery of England', published by T Nelson & Sons soon after building was completed. This book is made of eight parts, each with separate covers. Around 1850, photographic processes were developed to enable the reproduction of drawings and engravings.
Corbiere Lighthouse was chosen to feature on Jersey's new 20 pence coin, representing the Victorian era of the Channel Island's history.