1900s “BLOGGER”

Photography gave Sambourne the ability to use friends, family members, and professional models as references for his cartoons, according to the Library Time Machine, an archival blog operated by the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea. In the last decade of his life, he took his hobby to the streets.

It’s the “certain casual look” of Sambourne’s subjects that interest fashion historians most.

It’s the “certain casual look” of Sambourne’s subjects that interest fashion historians most, writes Dave Walker. “[It’s] quite different from the formal image of Edwardian fashion you see in many textbooks and costume dramas,” he says. Sambourne may not have kept a style blog as we know it today, Walker adds, but he certainly came close.

+ Library Time Machine

+ Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea

Originally published on August 1, 2012.