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View of the Lighthouse at Cape Henry Virginia, Looking to the North

Description

Ink and watercolor on paper drawing of "View of the Lighthouse at Cape Henry Virginia, Looking to the North", ca. 1798, from the Latrobe Sketchbooks, by Benjamin Henry Latrobe. The scene features the Cape Henry Lighthouse, located on the Cape, which is a part of modern day Virginia Beach. To the right of the lighthouse is the light keepers house and the figure is presumably the keeper. The lighthouse is made of sandstone and was completed in October 1792. In the distance there are several sailing ships out in the Chesapeake Bay. Though a second, and improved, lighthouse was built next to the first in 1881, it was never torn down and remains standing today.

Date

circa 1798

Materials

Ink and watercolor on paper

Dimensions

7 x 10.5 inches

Resource ID

4729

Notes

Sketchbook 4

Digital Publisher

Digital resource provided by the Maryland Center for History and Culture

Rights

This digital image is made available here for private study, scholarship, and research. Commercial and other uses are prohibited without the permission of the Maryland Center for History and Culture. For more information, visit the MCHC’s Reproductions and Permissions web page.