E.L. Sambourne striking the pose used to illustrate his drawing of “The Rhodes Colossus” for Punch, 1892.
From The Archive
Susan Zalkind
No. 29  October 2015

Grandfather of the Selfie

  

E.L. Sambourne striking the pose used to illustrate his drawing of “The Rhodes Colossus” for Punch, 1892.
o
d
d
s

a
n
d

e
n
d
s

My great-great-great-grandfather, Edward Linley Sambourne (1844–1910), known as “Sammy,” was the principal cartoonist for Punch. Sammy set up a studio at his home in Kensington, London, and photographed not only his servants and children, but also himself—thousands of times! “The Rhodes Colossus,” depicting British colonialist Cecil Rhodes with one foot in Cairo and the other in Cape Town, is his most iconic drawing.

 

 

 

E.L. Sambourne striking the pose used to illustrate his drawing of “The Rhodes Colossus” for Punch, 1892.
© E.L. Sambourne E.L. Sambourne striking the pose used to illustrate his drawing of “The Rhodes Colossus” for Punch, 1892.

PHOTOGRAPHS COURTESY OF THE SAMBOURNE FAMILY HOME, ILLUSTRATION COURTESY OF PUNCH

Susan Zalkind is a freelance reporter based in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

You Might Also Enjoy

Baffler Newsletter

New email subscribers receive a free copy of our current issue.

Further Reading

Heads Up: We recently updated our privacy policy to clarify how and why we collect personal data. By using our site, you acknowledge that you have read and understand this policy.