Day 1796 Key West Lighthouse

Key West Lighthouse

Right in the middle of town on Whitehead. One of the only lighthouses in a town. Raised to its present height in 1895 I think. I have postcards with details somewhere probably in my suitcase.

Before I added more ink after painting.

I experimented adding more ink to the trees after I painted it. The rooster was in the grounds just not in front of the light house like I drew him. Artistic license. Right. The first lighthouse in Key West was built in 1825 along the shoreline at Whitehead Spit. Lieutenant (later Commodore) Matthew C. Perry recommended its construction to warn ships off of the treacherous shoals surrounding the island. It was a whitewashed brick tower, 47’ high from its foundation to the base of its black iron lantern. Fromhttp://www.kwahs.org/museums/lighthouse-keepers-quarters/first-lighthouse-keepers 

From the back door of the light keepers cottage

The sketch

Sketch on location. Forgot the porthole. Easy fix.

My sis in-law climbed it while I sketched

Banyan tree. which will eventually take over the yard.

Before it was moved

Loved this painting of it

Old sketch of the lighthouse and grounds

Old photos in the keepers cottage museum

Like most lighthouses its been moved.

And old postcards

Used to be a fat light house til raised in 1895

From the keepers back window

and that’s all from the Florida turnpike near Miami.

Margaret xoxoxoxo heading to Orlando #urbansketching #chickens #chooks has #keywest #islandlife #keywestlight #fluid #watercolor #art #painting #artist #painter #aquarelle #watercolor #painter #florida #lifestyleblogger #lifestylechange #charlesreid #food #restaurant #floridalife

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