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This is a print from William Daniell’s A Voyage Round Great Britain, published in eight volumes between 1814 and 1825. This took the reader on an illustrated tour around the coast of Britain, starting at Lands End.

The lighthouse at Longship had been built in 1795. The text accompanying this print emphasised the engineering feat of raising the lighthouse, and the bleakness of the lighthouse keeper’s life: ‘If this lighthouse were a prison for criminals, and prison their punishment, we should find it difficult to conceive a crime black enough to justify the cruelty of permitting them to live.’

August 2004