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Portland Lighthouses

Portland Lighthouses

Artist: Grimm, Samuel Hieronymus

Medium: Ink wash on paper

Date: 1790

Shelfmark: Additional MS 15537

Item number: f.169

Length: 18.8

Width: 26.6

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Manuscript

The Isle of Portland juts out like a bird's beak from the mainland in Dorset into the English Channel. The sea around the coast is hazardous and vessels are prone to shipwreck. In Grimm's time there were two lighthouses on the island - one built in 1716 and the other in 1789, one year before he sketched this view.

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