Samuel Lane

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Samuel Lane
John Rickman.jpg
Lane's portrait of John Rickman, about 1831
Born(1780-07-26)26 July 1780
King's Lynn, England
Died29 July 1859(1859-07-29) (aged 79)
Ipswich, England
EducationSir Thomas Lawrence
Known foroil portrait-painter
AwardsRoyal Academy

Samuel Lane (1780–1859)[1] was an English portrait-painter.


The son of Samuel and Elizabeth Lane, he was born at King's Lynn on 26 July 1780. After a childhood accident he became deaf and partially dumb. He studied under Joseph Farington and then under Sir Thomas Lawrence who employed him as assistant.[2]

Lane first exhibited at the Royal Academy in 1804, secured a large practice, and was a constant contributor for more than fifty years, sending in all 217 works. He lived in London at 60 Greek Street, Soho until 1853, and then retired to Ipswich; he sent his last contribution to the Academy in 1857. He died at Ipswich on 29 July 1859.[2]


His portraits included: Lord George Bentinck for the King's Lynn Guildhall; James Saumarez, 1st Baron de Saumarez for the United Service Club; Sir George Pollock and Sir John Malcolm for the Oriental Club; Charles Gordon-Lennox, 5th Duke of Richmond; Charles Blomfield, bishop of London; Thomas Clarkson for Wisbech Town Hall; Philip Broke for the East Suffolk Hospital; Thomas Coke, for the Norwich Corn Exchange; Luke Hansard for the Stationers' Company; Thomas Telford, Edmond Wodehouse, General William Loftus (MP), George Manby and other prominent persons. Lane was known for truthful likenesses; many of them were engraved by Charles Turner, Samuel William Reynolds, William Ward, and others.


  1. ^ Samuel Lane (1780-1859), Portrait painter. National Portrait Gallery, 2013. Retrieved 18 April 2013. Archived here.
  2. ^ a b O'Donoghue 1892.
  •  This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domainO'Donoghue, Freeman Marius (1892). "Lane, Samuel". In Lee, Sidney (ed.). Dictionary of National Biography. Vol. 32. London: Smith, Elder & Co.

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