Later Victorian Portraits Catalogue
(Edward) Linley Sambourne (1844-1910), Cartoonist and illustrator
Marion Harry Spielmann on Sambourne:
While under Mark Lemon [at Punch], Mr. Sambourne, as an artist, was still unformed. Under Shirley Brooks was awakened that wonderful inventive faculty that was originally peculiar, in its own aspect, to [Charles] Bennett; under the régime of masterly inactivity – the happy policy of laissez-faire – of Tom Taylor, the talent had burst forth into luxuriance, not to say exuberance; and under Mr F.C. Burnand, we see it schooled and restrained within severer limits – yet, in spite of outside control of which it is to a certain extent impatient, it is instinct with reserve force, strong, pointed, and epigrammatic.
Mr Sambourne’s unlimited and candid use of photography is almost unequalled among artists; but that he makes a proper use of it is obvious from the fact that his drawings never betray that ‘sense of photography’ which one feels in looking at the work of certain painters. 
The beauty of line and of silhouette which he sought and obtained, in spite of his intense, almost aggressive individuality, placed him absolutely apart from all the black-and-white artists of the day. 
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Tait & Walker 2000
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