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"Sambourne: A Captivating Journey through Art, Science, and Wit" Step into the world of Sambourne, where history intertwines with creativity and intellect

Background imageSambourne Collection: Ichthyosaurus as a museum piece

Ichthyosaurus as a museum piece
Cartoon of an Ichthyosaurus as a museum piece, in the Ballad of the Ichthyosaurus

Background imageSambourne Collection: Ws Gilbert / Sambourne

Ws Gilbert / Sambourne
WILLIAM SCHWENCK GILBERT English playwright and collaborator with Sullivan, satirised for his love of the sea and sailing

Background imageSambourne Collection: Sullivan / Sambourne

Sullivan / Sambourne
SIR ARTHUR SULLIVAN Musician, noted for his collaboration with Gilbert on a series of operettas

Background imageSambourne Collection: The Rhodes Colossus, 1892 Artist: Edward Linley Sambourne

The Rhodes Colossus, 1892 Artist: Edward Linley Sambourne
The Rhodes Colossus, 1892. Cecil Rhodes (1853-1902), English-born South African businessman and statesman, shown striding across Africa from Cape Town to Cairo with a telegraph wire

Background imageSambourne Collection: th Huxley / Sambourne 1888

th Huxley / Sambourne 1888
THOMAS HENRY HUXLEY A satire on the English scientists discovery of a gelatinous substance on the seabed: he is discussing his findings with a mermaid

Background imageSambourne Collection: Two Jubilees - a Harmony in Black and White, 1888

Two Jubilees - a Harmony in Black and White, 1888. The Pope paid a visit to Queen Victoria at the beginning of 1888. Dressed in white, he was in contrast to Her Majesty who

Background imageSambourne Collection: Charles Darwin studying a worm

Charles Darwin studying a worm
A satire on Charles Darwin -- after charting the Descent of Man he goes even lower and studies worms

Background imageSambourne Collection: Trollopes - Sambourne

Trollopes - Sambourne
Anthony Trollope (1815 - 1882) English novelist: a satire on his Barsetshire series of novels

Background imageSambourne Collection: George Granville William Sutherland-Leveson-Gower, 3rd Duke of Sutherland (1828-1882)

George Granville William Sutherland-Leveson-Gower, 3rd Duke of Sutherland (1828-1882), British aristocrat, succeeded to his title in 1861. Sutherland finishing a marathon railway journey in America

Background imageSambourne Collection: Alfred Austin (1835-1913) British poet laureate from 1896. Cartoon by Edward Linley Sambourne

Alfred Austin (1835-1913) British poet laureate from 1896. Cartoon by Edward Linley Sambourne (1844-1910) in the Fancy Portraits series in Punch, London, 3 March 1883

Background imageSambourne Collection: Tom, the run-away chimney sweep's boy, who falls into the river and becomes a Water Baby

Tom, the run-away chimney sweep's boy, who falls into the river and becomes a Water Baby
530237 Tom, the run-away chimney sweep's boy, who falls into the river and becomes a Water Baby, being examined by Richard Owen (left) and Thomas Henry Huxley

Background imageSambourne Collection: Arthur Balfour (1849-1920) British Conservative statesman, defending the House of Lords against

Arthur Balfour (1849-1920) British Conservative statesman, defending the House of Lords against the Liberal Prime
527261 Arthur Balfour (1849-1920) British Conservative statesman, defending the House of Lords against the Liberal Prime Minister, Henry Campbell-Bannerman (1836-1908)

Background imageSambourne Collection: Gustav Eiffel in the form of the Eiffel Tower, Exposition universelle, 1889, 1889

Gustav Eiffel in the form of the Eiffel Tower, Exposition universelle, 1889, 1889. Private Collection

Background imageSambourne Collection: The Harmless Necessary Cat. Punch, 2 October 1907, 1907

The Harmless Necessary Cat. Punch, 2 October 1907, 1907. Private Collection

Background imageSambourne Collection: Our Plea for Open Spaces. (Punch, June 1883), 1883. Creator: Sambourne

Our Plea for Open Spaces. (Punch, June 1883), 1883. Creator: Sambourne
Our Plea for Open Spaces. (Punch, June 1883), 1883. Private Collection

Background imageSambourne Collection: Keeping It Down. Otto von Bismarck (1815-1898) Germany Chancellor

Keeping It Down. Otto von Bismarck (1815-1898) Germany Chancellor
527320 Keeping It Down. Otto von Bismarck (1815-1898) Germany Chancellor, trying to force the Jack of Socialism back in his box

Background imageSambourne Collection: Joan of Arc

Joan of Arc
The Arming of Joan of Arc. Pen & ink drawing by Edward Linley Sambourne Date: 1900

Background imageSambourne Collection: With return of Liberal government in Britain, December 1905, Free Trade was the policy

With return of Liberal government in Britain, December 1905, Free Trade was the policy
536656 With return of Liberal government in Britain, December 1905, Free Trade was the policy, rather than the Conservative policy of protection by Tariff

Background imageSambourne Collection: Richard Francis Burton (1821-1890) English orientalist and explorer

Richard Francis Burton (1821-1890) English orientalist and explorer
537300 Richard Francis Burton (1821-1890) English orientalist and explorer. Cartoon by Edward Linley Sambourne for Punch, London, 13 May 1882

Background imageSambourne Collection: Oscar Wilde (1854-1900) Irish playwright, novelist, poet and wit

Oscar Wilde (1854-1900) Irish playwright, novelist, poet and wit
537590 Oscar Wilde (1854-1900) Irish playwright, novelist, poet and wit. Cartoon by Edward Linley Sambourne from his Fancy Portraits series for Punch London, 25 June 1881

Background imageSambourne Collection: Phineas Taylor Barnum (1810-1891) American showman: co-founder of Barnum

Phineas Taylor Barnum (1810-1891) American showman: co-founder of Barnum
531972 Phineas Taylor Barnum (1810-1891) American showman: co-founder of Barnum and Bailey circus. Edward Linley Sambourne cartoon from Punch London 1884 in the Fancy Portraits series showing Barnum

Background imageSambourne Collection: (Stephanus Johannes) Paulus Kruger (1825-1904) known as Oom Paul

(Stephanus Johannes) Paulus Kruger (1825-1904) known as Oom Paul
538018 (Stephanus Johannes) Paulus Kruger (1825-1904) known as Oom Paul. South African politician. In 2nd Boer War (1899-1900)

Background imageSambourne Collection: David Lloyd George (1863-1945) Welsh-born British Liberal statesman

David Lloyd George (1863-1945) Welsh-born British Liberal statesman
527255 David Lloyd George (1863-1945) Welsh-born British Liberal statesman. In 1908, as Chancellor of the Exchequer, Lloyd George introduced his Old Age Pensions Act

Background imageSambourne Collection: Charles Darwin (1809-1882) English naturalist. Evolution by Natural Selection

Charles Darwin (1809-1882) English naturalist. Evolution by Natural Selection
539795 Charles Darwin (1809-1882) English naturalist. Evolution by Natural Selection. Cartoon by Edward Linley Sambourne (1844-1910) in the Fancy Portrait series in Punch, London 1881

Background imageSambourne Collection: Alfred Austin (1835-1913) British poet laureate from 1896

Alfred Austin (1835-1913) British poet laureate from 1896
531890 Alfred Austin (1835-1913) British poet laureate from 1896. Cartoon by Edward Linley Sambourne (1844-1910) in the Fancy Portraits series in Punch, London, 3 March 1883

Background imageSambourne Collection: Evelyn Ashley (1836-1907) English author and Liberal politician

Evelyn Ashley (1836-1907) English author and Liberal politician
531110 Evelyn Ashley (1836-1907) English author and Liberal politician: son of 7th Earl of Shaftesbury. Cartoon by Edward Linley Sambourne in the Fancy Portraits series from Punch London April 1881

Background imageSambourne Collection: General William Booth (1829-1912) evangelical social worker

General William Booth (1829-1912) evangelical social worker
535678 General William Booth (1829-1912) evangelical social worker, founder of the Salvation Army. Edward Linley Sambourne Fancy Portrait From Punch (London 27 October 1883). Wood engraving

Background imageSambourne Collection: Coalition Government. Duke of Devonshire and Arthur Balfour (centre

Coalition Government. Duke of Devonshire and Arthur Balfour (centre
536659 Coalition Government. Duke of Devonshire and Arthur Balfour (centre) trying to control Joseph Chamberlain, leader of junior party in coalition

Background imageSambourne Collection: Rival sportsmen. 'I say now, as I have said before, that there is room enough

Rival sportsmen. "I say now, as I have said before, that there is room enough
Rival sportsmen. " I say now, as I have said before, that there is room enough in Asia for both England and Russia", - Lord Beacon, 1878. Private Collection

Background imageSambourne Collection: Redditch B96 6 Map

Redditch B96 6 Map
Postcode Sector Map of Redditch B96 6

Background imageSambourne Collection: Richard Owen, English zoologist, 1884. Artist: Edward Linley Sambourne

Richard Owen, English zoologist, 1884. Artist: Edward Linley Sambourne
Richard Owen, English zoologist, 1884. After qualifying and practising as a surgeon, Owen (1804-1892) made major contributions in the fields of anatomy and paleontology

Background imageSambourne Collection: Henry Drummond Charles Wolff (1830-1908). English-Jewish diplomat and Conservative politician

Henry Drummond Charles Wolff (1830-1908). English-Jewish diplomat and Conservative politician, born in Malta. Member of Parliament 1874-1885. British Ambassador to Madrid, Spain, 1892-1900

Background imageSambourne Collection: Water Baby being examined by Richard Owen and T. H. Huxley. Artist: Edward Linley Sambourne

Water Baby being examined by Richard Owen and T. H. Huxley. Artist: Edward Linley Sambourne
Water Baby being examined by Richard Owen and T.H. Huxley. Tom, a run-away chimney sweeps boy, who falls into river and becomes a Water Baby, being examined by Richard Owen (left) and T.H. Huxley

Background imageSambourne Collection: th Huxley / Sambourne 1881

th Huxley / Sambourne 1881
THOMAS HENRY HUXLEY A satire on the English scientists role as Inspector of Fisheries

Background imageSambourne Collection: Thomas Henry Huxley (1825-1895) at the time he was Inspector of Fisheries (1881-85)

Thomas Henry Huxley (1825-1895) at the time he was Inspector of Fisheries (1881-85). Cartoon by Edward Linley Sambourne in the Fancy Portrait Series from Punch, London, 19 March 1881

Background imageSambourne Collection: Thomas Henry Huxley, English biologist, 1881. Artist: Edward Linley Sambourne

Thomas Henry Huxley, English biologist, 1881. Artist: Edward Linley Sambourne
Thomas Henry Huxley, English biologist, 1881. Huxley (1825-1895) was Inspector of Fisheries from 1881-1885. He was a prominent supporter of Darwin in the controversy that raged over his theory of

Background imageSambourne Collection: John Bennett Lawes, English agriculturalist, 1882. Artist: Edward Linley Sambourne

John Bennett Lawes, English agriculturalist, 1882. Artist: Edward Linley Sambourne
John Bennett Lawes, English agriculturalist, 1882. Lawes (1814-1900) began experimental farming on his estate at Rothamstead, Hertfordshire

Background imageSambourne Collection: Charles Darwin, English naturalist, 1881. Artist: Edward Linley Sambourne

Charles Darwin, English naturalist, 1881. Artist: Edward Linley Sambourne
Charles Darwin, English naturalist, 1881. As well as his better known work on evolution by natural selection, Darwins (1809-1882) studies covered other subjects

Background imageSambourne Collection: Charles Darwin, English naturalist, 1875. Artist: Edward Linley Sambourne

Charles Darwin, English naturalist, 1875. Artist: Edward Linley Sambourne
Charles Darwin, English naturalist, 1875. Darwin (1809-1882) was employed as naturalist on HMS Beagle from 1831-1836. He first made his name as a geologist

Background imageSambourne Collection: Lyon Playfair, Scottish chemist and politician, 1881. Artist: Edward Linley Sambourne

Lyon Playfair, Scottish chemist and politician, 1881. Artist: Edward Linley Sambourne
Lyon Playfair, Scottish chemist and politician, 1881. Playfair (1818-1898) in the chair as Deputy Speaker of the Commons during a late night session

Background imageSambourne Collection: Fidgety Joe, 1903. Artist: Edward Linley Sambourne

Fidgety Joe, 1903. Artist: Edward Linley Sambourne
Fidgety Joe, 1903. The troubles of coalition government. Two parents representing the Duke of Devonshire and Arthur Balfour (centre)

Background imageSambourne Collection: Policy Verso, 1906. Artist: Edward Linley Sambourne

Policy Verso, 1906. Artist: Edward Linley Sambourne
Policy Verso, 1906. A gladiator representing Free Trade triumphant in the arena, appeals to the crowd for their verdict. With the return of Liberal government in Britain in December 1905

Background imageSambourne Collection: Evelyn Ashley (1836-1907), English author and Liberal politician, 1881

Evelyn Ashley (1836-1907), English author and Liberal politician, 1881. Artist: Edward Linley Sambourne
Evelyn Ashley (1836-1907), English author and Liberal politician, 1881. Ashley was the son of the 7th Earl of Shaftesbury

Background imageSambourne Collection: Oscar Wilde, Irish playwright, novelist, poet and wit, 1881. Artist: Edward Linley Sambourne

Oscar Wilde, Irish playwright, novelist, poet and wit, 1881. Artist: Edward Linley Sambourne
Oscar Wilde, Irish playwright, novelist, poet and wit, 1881. Cartoon of Oscar Wilde (1854-1900) in the Fancy Portraits series from Punch. (London, 25 June 1881)

Background imageSambourne Collection: Alfred Austin (1835-1913), British poet, 1883. Artist: Edward Linley Sambourne

Alfred Austin (1835-1913), British poet, 1883. Artist: Edward Linley Sambourne
Alfred Austin (1835-1913), British poet, 1883. Cartoon from the Fancy Portraits series in Punch, London, 3 March 1883, when Austin became editor of National Review

Background imageSambourne Collection: William Bowman, English anatomist, surgeon and ophthalmologist, 1884

William Bowman, English anatomist, surgeon and ophthalmologist, 1884. Artist: Edward Linley Sambourne
William Bowman, English anatomist, surgeon and ophthalmologist, 1884. Bowman (1816-1892) was born at Nantwich, Cheshire. After five years at Birmingham General Hospital

Background imageSambourne Collection: Faust and Mephistopheles, 1888

Faust and Mephistopheles, 1888. Faust is the House of Lords and Mr Henry Labouchere MP is Mephistopheles. Labouchere was the latest in a long line of MPs to introduce a proposal to reform the House

Background imageSambourne Collection: Hercules in the Augean Stable, 1888

Hercules in the Augean Stable, 1888. Hercules attempts to clean the Augean Stables. Recent abuses in the sport of racing had led to an enquiry being set up



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"Sambourne: A Captivating Journey through Art, Science, and Wit" Step into the world of Sambourne, where history intertwines with creativity and intellect. Explore the depths of imagination as you encounter an Ichthyosaurus transformed into a mesmerizing museum piece by the skilled hands of Edward Linley Sambourne. Witness the meeting of great minds as W. S. Gilbert and Arthur Sullivan find inspiration in Sambourne's artistic prowess, creating timeless melodies that resonate to this day. Marvel at the grandeur of The Rhodes Colossus, brought to life in 1892 by Sambourne's visionary brushstrokes. Intrigue fills the air as Thomas Huxley engages in spirited conversation with Sambourne in 1888, their intellectual exchange shaping new ideas and pushing boundaries. Charles Darwin himself is captivated by a lowly worm under his watchful gaze while Trollopes find themselves immortalized through Sambourne's artistry. The noble Duke of Sutherland stands tall amidst Sambourne's illustrations, embodying power and grace from another era. Robert Browning, an English poet known for his lyrical genius, finds his essence captured flawlessly by the masterful strokes of this talented artist. Alfred Austin takes center stage as British Poet Laureate from 1896 onwards; his spirit alive within one more masterpiece crafted by none other than Edward Linley Sambourne himself. Oscar Wilde graces us with his presence - playwright extraordinaire whose wit matches that which emanates from every line drawn on paper. Finally, we pay homage to Charles Darwin - a pioneer who forever changed our understanding of nature through evolution by natural selection - immortalized once again thanks to the unparalleled vision bestowed upon him by Edward Linley Sambourne. Savor each moment spent delving into this captivating journey through time and space guided solely by the genius of Sambourne.