Among those commissioning portraits and works from Alojz Gangl were prominent figures, supporters and patrons, and deputies of the Carniolan Provincial Assembly such as Fran Šuklje, Ivan Murnik and Baron Jožef Schwegel. All of them had been committed to supporting his work since he was a student. Thanks to Fran Šuklje, state and provincial deputy in Vienna and a great supporter of Gangl, the Carniolan Provincial Committee provided financial support to the enthusiastic student of the Vienna Academy of Fine Arts. Šuklje was born in Ljubljana, then spent his time between Vienna and Kamen Castle near Novo Mesto, where Alojz Gangl visited him several times.
In 1886, the sculptor created a portrait of the deputy, politician and historian Fran Šuklje (1849–1935). He designed the portrait in the academic realist, idealised style, based on Baroque portrait schemes. The work was exhibited at the Künstlerhaus in Vienna the same year and attracted the attention of critics.