Horace Walpole's Strawberry Hill Collection
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Gothic Lantern
Gothic Lanthorn

Strawberry Hill ID: sh-000012
1755; the glass earlier
Hallett, William I (British cabinetmaker, 1707-1781)
Bentley, Richard (British author and draftsman, 1708-1782)
Walpole, Horace (English writer and connoisseur, 1717–1797)
Colored, stained, and enamaled glass set in an iron, lead, and painted tin frame
109.2 x 35.6 x 36.2 cm
The Lewis Walpole Library, Yale University.

Strawberry Hill History

Location: Entrance

1774 Description: In the well of the staircase, by a cord of black and yellow, hangs a gothic lanthorn of tin japanned, designed by Mr. Bentley, and filled with painted glass; the door of it has an old pane with the arms of Vere, earl of Oxford. (4)

1784 Description: Text same as 1774 Description (3)

Sale Text: A curious gothic lanthorn, fitted with very fine ancient stained glass.

Object History

Provenance: 1755, Made for Horace Walpole by William Hallett, £2.14.0 (Accounts); 1842, Strawberry Hill Sale, day 17, lot 112, bt John Dent, Esq. £5.15.6; 1935, July, John Dent Brocklehurst, to W. S. Lewis, £5; The Lewis Walpole Library, Yale University.

Exhibition History: "A Treasure House in Farmington," Yale Center for British Art, New Haven, Connecticut, 15 October 1999 - 9 January 2000.
"Horace Walpole's Strawberry Hill," Yale Center for British Art 15 October 2009 - 3 January 2010; Victoria and Albert Museum 5 March 2010 - 4 July 1010, cat. no. 49.

Bibliography: Accounts [6] 83, note 5
HW Corres 9:151n, 35:644, 40:150
W. S. Lewis, Collector’s Progress (London: Constable, 1952), 159-169.
Ralph Edwards, The Shorter Dictionary of English Furniture (London: Country Life, 1964), 338.
John Cornforth, “The Cowles-Lewis House, Farmington—II” Country Life (4 May 1978), 1233, [illustration] 9.
W. S. Lewis, Rescuing Horace Walpole (New Haven: Yale University Press, 1978), 57-58, 89.
Clive Wainwright, The Romantic Interior (New Haven: Yale University Press, 1989), 101, fig. 81.