Chapman Lighthouse-Low Tide

Painting and words by Harry Russell

The oil painting
Russell ©
The original sketch
Russell ©

“Summer morning – low water on the Chapman sands – Sea reach.

Around the feet of the pile lighthouse, the Chapman Light, where the sands were firm, stretching in a gentle bank for a couple of miles in the direction of Southend Pier, this was a favourite place for holiday makers – cricket, football etc: shrimps and cockles for the taking.

The Chapman light was demolished about 1957, after serving for a period of about 100 years as a Thamesmouth Pilotage and navigational aid to shipping. It was sited just over half a mile from the Canvey foreshore.”

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  • I know this is just a painting but could you walk out to the lighthouse at one time?

    By Frank Liddicott (02/10/2009)
  • Yes Frank you could and still can, to the area.

    See here for one photo of Chapman Lighthouse where people have gone out there. There are more on the site.

    By Janet Penn (02/10/2009)

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