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1 Glazed light over a door, often with a semicircular or other type of curved top, with radiating glazing-bars suggesting the shape of an open fan, also called sunburst-light, common in British C18 houses. From c.1800 batswing and tear-drop designs were introduced.

2 Any glazed light over a door, fan-shaped or not, or any upper part of a window hinged to open.

Sambrook (1989)

fanlight (a) Bat's-wing pattern, c.1820 (after JJS). (b) Tear-drop pattern, c.1820 (after JJS). (c) Grander C18 type of fanlight over door set between pilasters (ornamented with margents or wheat-ear drops) with margin-lights. The attenuated elegance of the example is typical of the Adam style.

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