William Daniell
The Light-house on Point of Air, Flintshire date not known

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William Daniell 1769–1837
The Light-house on Point of Air, Flintshire
Date Date not known
Medium Aquatint on paper
Dimensions Image: 162 x 241 mm
Acquisition Presented by Tate Gallery Publications 1979
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This print of the lighthouse at the Point of Ayr (spelt ‘Air’ by Daniell) in North Wales was designed to illustrate the monumental A Voyage Round Great Britain 1814–25.

While earlier travellers sought out picturesque and pleasing landscapes, Daniell and his fellow-traveller Richard Ayrton were more interested in the modern and sublime sights to be seen around Britain’s coast. The accompanying text commented on the ‘dreary aspect of this dismal shore ... this wild, exposed, and cheerless flat’.

August 2004

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