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Lantern-carrier, in London, London, England more
A bearded man wearing a broad-brimmed hat and wearing a heavy winter coat walks forward carrying a spear in his left hand and a lit lantern, or lanthorn, in his right.
‘Lanthorn, and a whole candle light!
Hang out your lights! Hear!’
We are told by the chroniclers that, as early as 1416, the Mayor, Sir Henry Burton, ordered lanthorns and lights to be hanged out on the winter evenings, betwixt Allhallows and Candlemas. For three centuries this practice subsisted [...]. The cry of the watchman, “hang out your lights,” was an exhortation to the negligent. (p. 102)