1905-1908: London Street Style


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.