One of the world’s most iconic and important lighthouses, Smeaton’s Tower was first lit in 1759. It originally stood upon the isolated Eddystone rocks some nine miles off the coast of Plymouth in Devon. Inspired by the shape of an oak tree John Smeaton's new design was able sway slightly allowing it to absorb and dissipate the tremendous forces of the crashing waves around it.
This groundbreaking design was the first of its kind and became the blueprint for hundreds of future lighthouses all over the world. This beacon shone its light for nearly 120 years and was only replaced when the rock bellow it began to crack.
By then it had become so beloved by the people of Plymouth that they paid for it to be dismantled and rebuilt on Plymouth Hoe, where it stands to this day.
This print shows Smeaton's Tower as it would have looked in its heyday, shining its light across the waves from the Eddystone rocks. Individually signed and printed on 250gsm card stock.