British Artist "punch" Illustrator Linley Sambourne Autograph Letter Signed
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British Artist "punch" Illustrator Linley Sambourne Autograph Letter Signed:
I have decided to sell a portion of my collection of artist's letters.
For your consideration, an autograph letter signed by noted British Painter/Illustrator/Photographer Linley Sambourne.
Please see my other listings this week for more letters.
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Edward Linley Sambourne(4 January 1844,Pentonville– 3 August 1910) was acartoonistforPunch. He was born inPentonville,London, the son of Edward Moot Sambourne.
His middle name of Linley comes from his mother's maiden name, Frances Linley, and gives rise to titleViscount Linleyborne by his descendants, e.g. the (1st)Earl of Snowdonandhis son.
At the age of sixteen, Edward Linley Sambourne attended theSouth Kensington School of Artfor a short time, but then left and began working for John Penn & Sons, an engineering firm inGreenwich. Sambourne worked here as an engineering draughtsman, but bored with the work, he spent most of his time making sketches. A fellow worker, Alfred Reed, finding one of the sketches particularly amusing, showed the sketch to his father, German Reed, a friend of the then Punch editor,Mark Lemonin early 1867. Lemon was sufficiently impressed by the sketch that he published a drawing by Sambourne in the 27 April 1867 issue, ofJohn Brighttiltingat aquintainunder the title of "Pros and Cons". Sambourne was a contributor to Punch for the next four decades. In 1871 he became the regular illustrator for the "Essence of Parliament" feature. By 1878 he was named the "cartoon junior", second only toJohn Tenniel.
Besides his work for Punch, he occasionally produced work for other magazines, and also produced illustrations for an 1885 edition ofCharles Kingsley'sThe Water Babies.
In 1901, he became the chief cartoonist for Punch, taking over after John Tenniel's retirement.
After his death his family preserved hisHolland Parkhome as it was in his lifetime, and it is now open to the public as theLinley Sambourne House.