1905-1908: London Street Style

Thursday August 2nd, 1906: Kensington Church Street

May 1906: Kensington Church Street


Edward Linley Sambourne (1844-1910) was illustrator and chief cartoonist of English magazine Punch, and a keen amateur photographer. Linley Sambourne lived in London's Kensington area - his house, 18 Stafford Terrace, is now a museum - and took photographs of people he knew to use as the basis for his illustrations. He was to amass a huge collection of photographic images.

As these photographs show, Linley Sambourne also took photographs of people he didn't know, on the streets of Kensington and almost exclusively of women. In many of the instances, he recorded the location and day of the photograph. In her diary, Linley Sambourne's wife Marion said his photography transitioned from an enthusiasm into an obsession.

Linley Sambourne's great-grandson was the renowned photographer Lord Snowden.


Tuesday June 26th, 1906: Kensington  

Tuesday June 26th, 1906: Kensington  

Tuesday July 3rd, 1906: Kensington


Wednesday July 12th, 1905: Cromwell Road

Saturday June 30th, 1908: Kensington


   Friday May 10th, 1907: St. Albans Road

Friday May 10th, 1907: St. Albans Road

Friday May 10th, 1907: St. Albans Road


Friday July 12th, 1907: St Albans Road

Wednesday July 4th, 1906: Kensington


Saturday July 20th, 1906: Notting Hill Gate

Wednesday June 27th, 1906: Kensington  


Saturday September 8th, 1906: Kensington Church Street

1906: Cromwell Road, Kensington


Tuesday, June 26th 1906: Cromwell Road

Saturday September 8th, 1906: Kensington

Tuesday February 20th, 1906: Cornwall Gardens


Tuesday June 26th, 1906: Cheniston Gardens

Tuesday June 26th, 1906: Cheniston Gardens


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