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Image number: RS.10378
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Rudyard’s Lighthouse on the Eddystone Rocks




James Record (active 1768-1790s, British), Engraver

Object type

Library reference





height (print): 490mm
width (print): 310mm


Content object


Depiction of the south elevation and section of the second lighthouse built upon the Eddystone Rocks, near Plymouth, following the destruction in 1703 of Henry Winstanley’s first version. This second lighthouse, a conical wooden structure built around a core of brick and concrete, was constructed under the management of the silk merchant and property developer John Rudyard (or Rudyerd; 1650- ca.1718). It was completed in 1709 and destroyed by a fire in 1755, subsequently replaced by the famous Smeaton lighthouse.

Plate 6 of A narrative of the building and a description of the construction of the Edystone lighthouse with stone, by John Smeaton (London, 1791). The Royal Society’s copy was donated by the author on 20 January 1791.

The plate is inscribed: ‘South ELEVATION & SECTION of RUDYERD’S LIGHTHOUSE, Completed in 1709; represented as it stood previous to its demolition by Fire in the Year 1755.’

Includes scale: 1 inch = 6 feet

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