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Edward William Lane (1801-1876), Arabic scholar

Sitter in 2 portraits
Lane was an eminent Arabic scholar who made voyages up to the Nile, 1826 and 1827. He was fascinated by Egyption life, people and customs and went to live in Cairo where he studied and adopted Egyptian dress, 1833-5. His studies led him to publish the famous Account of the Manners and Customs of Modern Egyptians, 1836; He travelled to Egypt again and published several other works but is best known for his translation of the Arabian Nights (1832-41). Acknowledged as one of the leading Arabic scholars in Europe.

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Edward William Lane

by Richard James Lane
plaster statue, 1829
On display in Room 15 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 940


Edward William Lane

by Clara S. Lane
watercolour, 1850
NPG 3099