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View of Dublin Lighthouse

View of Dublin Lighthouse

Artist: Unknown

Medium: Watercolour

Date: 1800

Shelfmark: Ktop LIII

Item number: 21.e

Genre: Topographical Drawing

View of the Poolbeg lighthouse in Dublin Bay, Ireland. The lighthouse stands on a peninsula which was reclaimed from the sea and was known as Poolbeg because the site was originally a small pool with deep anchorage in the harbour. It was officially lit in September 1761 and was the first lighthouse to use candles rather than a simple beacon of coal. A stone staircase with an iron balustrade led to the second storey where a gallery surrounded the whole building. A large octagonal lantern topped the lighthouse. The building has been rebuilt since this drawing was made in the 18th century.

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