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Model of a lantern light for Westminster Hall, London
Museum number: MP20
This lantern light, in an elegant Regency Gothic idiom, was made of cast iron and designed by J.W. Hiort. It was installed on the roof of Westminster Hall during its restoration in 1819-20, where it still remains in situ today. Although John Soane had been appointed in 1814 as an Attached Architect to the Office of Works with responsibility for Westminster and Whitehall he was only nominally in charge of these works - his opportunity to make his mark at Westminster came a little later with the opportunity to design new Law Courts next to Westminster Hall (for details of that project see drawings/Palace of Westminster).
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