Sunset Gamper Arch and Longships Lighthouse by Thomas Hart F.S.A
Frame Size 18.25 ins (463 mm) by 14 ins (356 mm)
Image Size 10.75 ins (273 mm) by 6.75 ins (172 mm)
Born 1830 Crowan Cornwall, Died 1916 The Lizard, Cornwall
Thomas was a prolific painter in watercolours and oil. He lived up to the mid 1860 in Falmouth, Cornwall, the home of several known artists.
In 1865 the family moved to Polbrean Villa the Lizard Point in Cornwall,
He painted a large volume of work including this watercolour Sunset Gamper Arch and Longships Lighthouse by Thomas Hart F.S.A..
In the late 1800’s numerous Titled people in the UK and throughout Europe purchased his paintings
He exhibited at the Royal academy, Grosvenor Gallery and at venues in the UK. Selling his work from the 1850’s. Thomas traveled widely in the UK and Europe gathering ideas and working “Plein Air”.
From 1880 to the early 1900’s Thomas spent 2 month’s in Odda Norway where he set up a studio.
He and his wife Louisa had 11 children, 6 of them became professional Painters.
The original tower was built in 1795 to the design of Trinity House architect Samuel Wyatt. It contained a fixed array of eighteen Argand lamps with reflectors, arranged in two tiers and shining out to sea. The lantern was 79 feet (24 m) above sea level but very high seas obscured its light.
In 1869 Trinity House began constructing a replacement. The building of the present granite tower used much of the equipment that had previously been used in the construction of the Wolf Rock Lighthouse. It was equipped with a first-order fixed optic built by Dr John Hopkinson of Chance Brothers. The tower was first lit in December 1873 having cost £43,870 to build. By 1884 it was showing an occulting light with red sectors warning ships away from the Brisons and Rundlestone.