It was high time that somebody should write a book about Sambourne, and Leonee Ormond has made a first-class job of it ... Until recently Ormond was an English literature professor at London University, so she is not a narrow art specialist but conversant with the whole spectrum of Victorian culture, belles lettres as well as beaux arts. She writes very well. If anybody is tempted to think of Sambourne as a minor fringe figure, he might note that Van Gogh, working in London for the art dealers Goupil, admired his drawings and wrote with pride to his brother of his portfolio of Charles Keene [another Punch artist] and Sambourne . G. F. Watts told an art critic that he would willingly exchange such ability as he might possess in painting for the power to draw a line like Sambourne. And James Whistler called Sambourne the most subtle of the Punch staff . --Spectator, 31 March 2010Reseña del editor:
When Linley Sambourne died in 1910, a host of obituaries paid tribute to his long career as a cartoonist and his contribution to late Victorian and Edwardian political satire. For more than forty years he had been a draughtsman for the comic magazine Punch, rising to the position of 'First Cartoonist' in his final decade. To his many friends Sambourne was a natural humorist, a teller of comic tales, a lively and cheerful companion. He was a frequent guest of the rich and successful, but his origins were very different. Sambourne rose in the world through a blend of talent and hard work. He is remembered for his imaginative and stylized cartoons, often reproduced as illustrations to studies of the social and political mores of his time.
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