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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.


Stevenage. Herts.
28. Mar. xciii

Dear Sir
Your arrangements about the statue of Lane are most considerate & admirable.
Richard James Lane was the elder brother of the Orientalist & the statue is entirely his work. It is not his only effort in sculpture, though I think it is his best. The others were chiefly busts of his own children. Chantrey was very much impressed with Lane's work, & told him