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Image number: RS.10860
Credit: © The Royal Society

Ancient lighthouses




Unknown, Artist

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height (print): 253mm
width (print): 278mm


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Six figures of lighthouses and illumination of the ancient world. Figure 1 structure at Sigeum on the Hellespont, supposedly the site of the first lighthouse. Figure 2 ancient lighthouse at Bologna described by [Bernard de?] Montfaucon. Figure 3 medallion showing the construction of ancient lighthouses. Figure 4 ancient tower mentioned by Montfaucon. Figures 5-6 ancient lighthouse erected in 1350 at Sant’ Erasmo on the lagoon at Venice and recently demolished.

Plate 2 from Saggio di osservazioni sui mezzi atti a migliorare la construzione e l'illuminazione dei Faro con appendice sull' illuminazione dei Fari col gas by Giovanni Aldini (Milan, 1823).

Not signed. The plate has an accompanying descriptive key.

Giovanni Aldini (1762-1834) Italian physicist, is best-known for his experiments in galvanism but was also a pioneer in the field of lighthouse engineering.

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