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'.

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.

Manchester Art Gallery

Mosley Street, Manchester, Greater Manchester, M2 3JL
0161 235 8888

Opening times

Monday 11am–5pm. Tuesday-Sunday 10am–5pm, including bank holiday Mondays. First Wednesday of every month open until 9pm. Closed Good Friday, 1 January, 24–26 and 31 December.

Exhibitions at Manchester Art Gallery

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