Edward Linley Sambourne
A cyanotype portrait in cabinet card format of the illustrator and cartoonist Edward Linley Sambourne (1844-1910), seen here standing on the right, 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 photographer 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.
Condition: The print presents a loss of tone at its lower right-hand corner but is otherwise in excellent condition. The mount presents some semi-legible inscriptions recto and verso in ballpoint pen, at least one of which identifies Sambourne.