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Sir Allen Lane

(1902-1970), Founder of Penguin Books

Sitter in 30 portraits
Born in Bristol, Lane joined Bodley Head publishing in 1919 and took the surname of its founder, his uncle. He became chairman in 1930 and was instrumental in the publishing of Joyce's Ulysses (1936). In 1935 Lane co-founded Penguin Books Ltd to produce good quality fiction paperbacks priced at just sixpence. By March 1936 over one million 'Penguins' were in print and in 1937 launched the non-fiction 'Pelicans'. Children's books were printed in the 1940s as 'Puffins', and the Odyssey was the first of the 'Penguin Classics' in 1945. In 1960 Penguin controversially published Lady Chatterley's Lover, the trial and publicity of which caused record sales and Penguin has continued to thrive.

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Sir Allen Lane, by Sir David Low - NPG 4529(200)

Sir Allen Lane

by Sir David Low
pencil, circa 1950s-1963
NPG 4529(200)

Sir Allen Lane, by Sir David Low - NPG 4529(201)

Sir Allen Lane

by Sir David Low
pencil, circa 1950s-1963
NPG 4529(201)

Sir Allen Lane, by Sir David Low - NPG 4529(202)

Sir Allen Lane

by Sir David Low
pencil, circa 1950s-1963
NPG 4529(202)

Sir Allen Lane, by Sir David Low - NPG 4529(203)

Sir Allen Lane

by Sir David Low
pencil, circa 1950s-1963
NPG 4529(203)

Sir Allen Lane, by Sir David Low - NPG 4529(204)

Sir Allen Lane

by Sir David Low
pencil, circa 1950s-1963
NPG 4529(204)

Sir Allen Lane, by John Gay - NPG x127765

Sir Allen Lane

by John Gay
2 1/4 inch square film negative, published November 1947
NPG x127765

Sir Allen Lane, by Madame Yevonde - NPG x26342

Sir Allen Lane

by Madame Yevonde
bromide print on velvet card, 1961
NPG x26342

Sir Allen Lane, by Madame Yevonde - NPG x34034

Sir Allen Lane

by Madame Yevonde
solarised print on grey card mount, 1961
NPG x34034

Sir Allen Lane, by Baron Studios - NPG x125607

Sir Allen Lane

by Baron Studios
5 x 4 inch film negative, 11 May 1961
NPG x125607

Sir Allen Lane, by Howard Coster - NPG x1955

Sir Allen Lane

by Howard Coster
print
NPG x1955

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Sir Allen Lane

by Howard Coster
half-plate film negative, 1930s
NPG x10562

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Sir Allen Lane

by Howard Coster
half-plate film negative, 1930s
NPG x10563

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Sir Allen Lane

by Howard Coster
half-plate film negative, 1930s
NPG x10564

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Sir Allen Lane

by Howard Coster
half-plate film negative, 1930s
NPG x10565

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Sir Allen Lane

by Howard Coster
half-plate film negative, 1930s
NPG x10566

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Sir Allen Lane

by Howard Coster
half-plate film negative, 1930s
NPG x10567

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Sir Allen Lane

by Howard Coster
half-plate film negative, 1930s
NPG x10568

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Sir Allen Lane

by Howard Coster
half-plate film negative, 1930s
NPG x10569

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Sir Allen Lane

by Howard Coster
half-plate film negative, 1930s
NPG x10570

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Sir Allen Lane

by Howard Coster
half-plate film negative, 1930s
NPG x10571

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