South Foreland lighthouse lamp, 1879.
3 9 c m
actual image size: 32cm x 31cm

South Foreland lighthouse lamp, 1879.

© Science Museum / Science & Society Picture Library


Illustrated plate from 'The Electric Light Applied to Lighthouse Illumination' by James Nicholas Douglas (1826-1898), published in 1879. South Foreland, near Dover in Kent, was used by Michael Faraday (1791-1867) for his pioneering work on the use of electricity in lighthouses. It was also the first lighthouse to display an electrically powered signal.

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