LANE, Samuel

1780 - 1859

Born on 26 July and baptised at All Saints’ church, South Lynn, Norfolk on 29 July 1780, eldest child of Samuel Lane and his wife Elizabeth. A deaf and dumb portrait artist and a pupil of Joseph Farington (1747-1821) and Sir Thomas Lawrence (1769-1830), who employed him as one of his chief assistants. A friend of John Constable [q.v.], who especially learnt sign language to enable them to communicate with each other. Samuel first exhibited at the Royal Academy in 1804 and also exhibited at the Norwich Society of Artists, from London in 1819 'Portrait of Capt. Manby', in 1822 'Portrait of the Author of English Synonyms [William Taylor]' and from 60 Greek Street,m Soho Square in 1825 four Portraits and from the same address in 1828 thirteen Portraits and the following year four Portraits also exhibiting at the Royal Academy 1804-1857 and at the British Institution and the Society of British Artists building up a substantial practice with many of his works being engraved. His portraits include Lord George Bentinck (1802-1848), painted 1836 and hangs in the National Portrait Gallery and Admiral Lord Saumarez (United Services Club). He retired to Ipswich in 1853 and in 1858 a portrait painter of Paragon Buildings, Lower Brook Street, Ipswich where he died the following year.

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