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Linley Sambourne (1844-1910)

Edward Linley Sambourne (1844-1910)

Linley Sambourne developed a firm and intricate style of draughtsmanship that enabled him to complement and eventually succeed John Tenniel as the political cartoonist of Punch. An enthusiastic exponent of the new art of photography, and a member of the Camera Club, he took many of the photographs that comprised his research library and informed his detailed preparation.

Linley Sambourne was born at 15 Lloyd Square, Pentonville, London, on 4 January 1844, the son of Edward Mott Sambourne, a prosperous wholesale furrier, and his wife, Frances (née Linley). He was educated at the City of London School (1855-56) and Chester Training College School (1857-60), and then apprenticed as a draughtsman to a firm of marine engineers in Greenwich. Though he undertook only a little formal art study, at the National Art Training School, South Kensington, in 1860, he spent much of his spare time in drawing caricatures. When Mark Lemon, editor of Punch, saw one of his sketches in 1867, he was engaged to work for the periodical, and four years later joined the staff.

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