Lantern designed for 'The Light of the World' by William Holman Hunt

The lantern was designed by Hunt to serve as a model for the lantern held by Christ in Hunt's painting 'The Light of the World'.


Patinated brass Dimensions: 35 x 19 cm
Art Fund grant:
£23,000 ( Total: £52,100)
Acquired in:

It is physical evidence of the meticulous working methods of the artist. Manchester owns the second version of the painting.


Thomas Combe, 1797-1872; his wife Martha Combe, 1806-1893; sold by J R Mallam and Son, Oxford, 1894 to John Crossley; then by descent to present owner.

Venue details

Manchester Art Gallery Mosley Street, MANCHESTER Greater Manchester M2 3JL 0161 235 8888

Entry details

Free to all
Offers with National Art Pass

Daily, 10am – 5pm (Thu until 9pm)

Closed 24, 25 Dec, Good Friday

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