NPG 940 (1b)

 

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Letter from Stanley Lane-Poole, the donor of the portrait, to Sir George Scharf, director of the National Portrait Gallery, dated 28 March 1893, giving information about the artist and the work.
  Letter he would make a sculptor if he persevered: but I imagine the question of money came in, as it generally does, & the then new art of lithography offered a certain and considerable income - which sculpture did not. So Richard Lane gave up the line he had begun with some success.
The statue of Edward William Lane must have been executed after his return from Egypt at the close of 1828 and his second visit to Cairo