- Extended catalogue entry
by Harry Furniss
Pen and ink with traces of pencil, 1880s-1900s
7 1/2 in. x 7 5/8 in. (192 mm x 195 mm) overall
Inscriptionback to top
Signed in ink lower right: ‘Hy.F.’
On back, inscr. in ink: ‘Punch chap V’;
in pencil: ‘Linley Sambourne / “The Baron”’;
and in blue pencil: ‘T.P.C. chap III’.
This portraitback to top
Harry Furniss succeeded Sambourne as illustrator for Punch weekly feature, the ‘Essence of Parliament’, in 1884. There was considerable friction between them. In Furniss’s publications ‘dear old Sammy’ comes across in words and drawings as an enthusiastic bumbler; and he was always critical of Sambourne’s reliance on photography. 
The inscription ‘T.P.C.’ on the reverse is a reference to Furniss’s book The Two Pins Club. In fact neither NPG 3508 nor NPG 3509 was used to illustrate Sambourne in this publication. The Two Pins Club was a riding club, many of whose founder members were from Punch: the editor Francis Cowley (‘Frank’) Burnand, Tenniel, Harry Furniss and Sambourne.
See NPG collection 3337–3535, 3554–3620.
Footnotesback to top
Physical descriptionback to top
Three portraits of Sambourne: head-and-shoulders, profile to left (main figure); whole-length to left on horseback, brandishing whip; and small profile to right.
Provenanceback to top
The artist; his sons, from whom purchased (through Theodore Cluse), April 1947