A woman Sambourne snobbishly describes as a “shop girl” strolls down Kensington Church Street engrossed in a book. 1906.
Edward Linley Sambourne (1844-1910) was a cartoonist for Punch. He used photography as a working tool when doing his illustrations. He also photographed other subjects, primarily for his own use and pleasure.
What Sambourne captures in his street photography, and why his pictures are of interest to historians of fashion, is a certain casual look all the young women in them have, which is quite different from the formal image of Edwardian fashion one sees in many textbooks and costume dramas.