William Holman Hunt's sketch for the lantern in The Light of the World by William Holman Hunt. Source: Pre-Raphaelitism and the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood. I, 308. [Click on image to enlarge it.]

Hunt explained: “One of my first duties now was to design the lantern which was to be carried by the Saviour; the windows and openings had to be carefully studied in relation to the rays of light they would emit from the central light. It had to be made in metal; it seemed to me that tin might serve the purpose, which could be lacquered to it gold. A metal worker agreed to make it for a small sum, but afterwards represented that the cost would not be much extra if made in brass, and as this seemed too trifling to be considered, I assented, but was not a little dismayed eventually at having to pay over seven pounds. Had I gone to a brass ornamentalist in the first instance it is probable that his price would have been less, and the work much better” (I, 308-9).

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William Holman Hunt, Pre-Raphaelitism and the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood. 2 vols. New York: Macmillan, 1905.

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