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View of St. Catherine's Head from Freshwater Bay

View of St. Catherine's Head from Freshwater Bay

Artist: Walmsley, Thomas

Medium: Aquatint, coloured

Date: 1802

Shelfmark: K top Vol 15

Item number: 15.d

Length: 49.1

Width: 68.8

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Topographical Print

Distant view of St Catherine’s tower in the Isle of Wight. The tower is in fact a lighthouse that was thought to have been built by Walter de Godyton in the 14th century. The lighthouse has a unique rocket like shape and is sometimes known as the ‘Pepper Pot’. Originally a chapel was built on the eastern side of the lighthouse but this was abandoned in the 16th century and the stone was used by the local community for other building projects. The tower sits in a cliff approximately 780 feet above sea level and unfortunately is often surrounded by mist which means that it cannot be seen by sailors and a new lighthouse was built in the mid 19th century.

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