Joseph Mallord William Turner
New Brighton Fort and Lighthouse, Merseyside 1831

Artwork details

New Brighton Fort and Lighthouse, Merseyside
Date 1831
Medium Graphite on paper
Dimensions Support: 114 x 187 mm
Acquisition Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Turner Bequest CCLXVI 4
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Catalogue entry

The lighthouse and fortified structure on this page are the Black Rock or Perch Rock Lighthouse and Fort which stand at the mouth of the Mersey just off New Brighton at the north-east corner on the Wirral peninsular. The fort and lighthouse were completed in 1829 and 1830 respectively as defence for the Port of Liverpool (folios 1 verso–3, 6 verso–7 verso; D25763–D25766, D25773–D25775). The present sketch is from New Brighton to the south, with the following sketches from the west (folios 4–6; D25768–D25772).

Thomas Ardill
September 2009

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