Serpentine stone lighthouse, Cornwall, 19th/ early 20th century


Serpentine stone lighthouse, Cornwall.
19th/ early 20th century


This red stone is unique to Cornwall, and in particular the foot of the ‘Lizard’, the most south-westernly point of England. While specimens had been collected for centuries, it was after a visit by Queen Victorian & Albert in 1846 that popularity grew. They ordered a fireplace and vase plinths for Osbourne House, and by the 1851 exhibition a large amount of ornamental stone pieces were on display.
This is probably a model of the lighthouse on the very tip of Cornwall, on the rocks known as ‘The Lizard’.




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