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Linley Sambourne House, London

Linley Sambourne House is a Victorian row house, built in the classic Italianate style and purchased in 1874 by Edward Linley Sambourne, an ancestor of Lord Snowden. Sambourne and his wife lived in the house for 36 years. Their son lived in the home until he died in 1946. It then passed to the daughter who preserved it intact. She was the grandmother of Antony Armstrong-Jones, husband of Princess Margaret.

Linley Sambourne was an artist and photographer–he even developed photographs in his bathtub. Many of his original works (out of a total of 1000 cartoons, drawings and sketches and 15,000 photos) are displayed in the house. He was the illustrator of a new edition of the Water Babies books and did cartoon work for Punch magazine. One room in the house was turned into his studio.

Everything in the house is original. On a tour you will see three of the four floors where the hall, dining room, morning room, staircase, drawing room, principal bedroom, and his son Roy’s bedroom are located.

In the dining room is a collection of Oriental porcelain and an interesting sideboard. The morning room has William Morris wallpaper and 18th century furniture. The large drawing room occupies the entire first floor. The windows have original stained glass, and there are many decorative family objects around the room that include an elaborate French boulle clock, inlaid with tortoiseshell and ormolu.

Visitor Information

Located at 18 Stafford Terrace in Kensington
Nearest underground: Kensington High Street
Visits by guided tour only, video presentation.
Pre-book by phoning 020 7602 3316.

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