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Edward Linley Sambourne

Edward Linley Sambourne

A cyanotype portrait in cabinet card format of the illustrator and cartoonist Edward Linley Sambourne (1844-1910), who contributed to the satirical journal Punch for more than forty years. His working method frequently involved photographing himself or members of his domestic staff in the desired pose, wearing a facsimile of the necessary costume; he then used the resulting photograph, usually a cyanotype, as a basis for the cartoon he wanted to produce.

His descendants include: his grandson, the set designer Oliver Messel; and his great-grandson, the photograph Antony Armstrong-Jones, who married Princess Margaret in 1960.

His family home at 18 Stafford Terrace in Kensington has survived largely unchanged and is open to the public as a museum.

Photographed by Edward Linley Sambourne.


Code: 126790
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