Edward Linley Sambourne: Early Street-Style in the Edwardian Era


The famous draughtsman for Punch Magazine was more known as chief cartoonist and illustrator, but like all artists during the humble beginnings of the photographic medium, he also tried his hand with the camera. Unlike the rest who shot inside studios, he shot images outdoors.

Though an amateur photographer in his 60's, he was a passionate one. By 1906, the artist has grown to become more interested in photography, turning the pastime into an obsession. What's interesting with Sambourne's photographs is they were all taken with a concealed camera as he hung around Kensington and London to photograph female passersby in their Edwardian garments.

Wide hats, tender lace, curled tendrils, distinguishable silhouettes were his focus. There's something about the ladies' postures too, different from the uppity stance among Victorian women. Here, the ladies, despite still in corsets, look freer with their wide strides.

Images are from Flashbak.

2018-02-05 #culture #edward-linley-sambourne #vintage-photography #edwardian-fashion


  1. jaunman
    jaunman ·

    A perfect glimpse of History and so candid. Probably considered a a bit creepy today taking pictures of women with a hidden camera on street corners.

  2. srcardoso
    srcardoso ·

    @jaunman Absolutely true.

  3. srcardoso
    srcardoso ·

    Interesting to notice that, while people walked on the streets, today' smartphones used to be books at that time.

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