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Grandfather of the Selfie
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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