Collections

A hidden gem in the heart of London, remarkably well-preserved and complete with its original interior decoration and contents.

"We have lived in this house ever since we were married and it has taken years to accumulate whatever treasures we possess. What you see is the very best. That has been my principle throughout; not to buy anything but what was really good. But it has taken time to accumulate. There has not been an unlimited exchequer to draw upon.'" Edward Linley Sambourne, interviewed in 1893.

 

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The Photographic collection

The largest single collection and perhaps the most significant is made up of the cyanotype prints, photographs and press

cuttings that Edward Linley Sambourne compiled over many years to assist in his cartooning. Over 20,000 items were meticulously dated

and catologued by Sambourne, the re-cataloguing of the collection is currently being planned.

 

The Drawing collection

Linley Sambourne retained approximately 1,500 drawings that were subsequently reproduced in Punch and elsewhere. Many of the

drawings can be related to the Photographic collection.

 

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The Contents of 18 Stafford Terrace

The interiors at Stafford Terrace are very much a product of Linley's taste. For Linley, the acquisition of objects, and furniture in particular, was an almost obsessive enthusiasm. He told a journalist in 1893: "What you see is the very best. That has been my principle throughout; not to buy anything but what was really good. But it has taken time to accumulate. There has not been an unlimited exchequer to draw upon." A full inventory made in December 1877 reveals that there were already large quantities of furniture, objects and framed pictures arranged throughout the interiors. Some had been purchased with the house, others came through family as gifts. Over 150 items were bought from a nearby house clearance in 1877. Sambourne continued to attend sales and auctions right up until his death, adding ever more objects to the interiors, often to Marion's despair. Overview of the furniture collection.

 

The Costume collection

A costume collection of 150 items of clothing belonging to each generation of the Sambourne family is on long-term loan to Brighton Museum, where it forms part of the wider Messel collection. Included are a dress of Marion's worn at her daughter's wedding, many of Maud's dresses and First World War uniforms belonging to Roy.

 

The Oil Paintings

Click below to view the oil paintings at 18 Stafford Terrace.

 

Portrait of a Girl

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