G. P. Jacomb Hood

George Percy Jacomb-Hood (1857-1929) was a British painter, etcher, and illustrator. He was born 6 July 1857 in Redhill, Surrey. Jacomb-Hood attended the Tonbridge School and the Slade School where he was awarded the Poynter Prize. He also studied under J. P. Laurens in Paris. In addition to portrait paintings Jacomb-Hood was a prolific book and periodical illustrator. He worked for The Illustrated London News, Black & White, Daily Chronicle, and The Quarto. Between 1896 and 1911 Jacomb-Hood worked almost exclusively for The Graphic as a travel illustrator in Greece, 1896, and in India during the Prince of Wales’s tour, 1905-1906. Jacomb-Hood also travelled to Holland during the Second Anglo-Boer War to conduct research for Haggard's Lysbeth, A Tale of The Dutch, published in The Graphic between 1 September 1900 and March 1901. Like Haggard, he supported the English cause in South Africa but most people he encountered in the Netherlands felt differently. In his autobiography With Brush and Pencil (1925) Jacomb-Hood describes Holland as, "not a comfortable country for an Englishman" at this time (139). He recalls, "I had to pocket some insults and to shut my eyes to horrible cartoons and postcards in the shop windows, of our poor Queen suffering all sorts of indignities, and of the British lion, bandaged and patched, and looking very sorry for himself" (139). He exhibited at the Royal Academy, New English Art Club, Royal Society of British Artists, Royal Society of Painters & Etchers, Royal Institute of Oil Painters, and Grosvenor Gallery. Jacomb-Hood was a member of Royal Society of British Artists, Royal Society of Painter-Etchers and Engravers, the Society of Portrait Painters, Royal Institute of Oil Painters, Royal British Colonial Society of Artists, the Chelsea Arts Club, and New English Art Club. He was elected MVO in 1912. Jacomb-Hood married the daughter of baron de Hochepied Larpent in 1910. He died in London 11 December 1929.

Further Reading


Blackett-Ord, Carol. "George Percy Jacomb-Hood." National Portrait Gallery. Web. 16 Oct. 2013.


Houfe, Simon. “Hood, George Percy Jacomb- MVO 1857-1929.” The Dictionary of British Book Illustrators and Caricaturists 1800-1914. Woodbridge, Suffolk: Antique Collectors’ Club, 1981. 343. Print.


Jacomb-Hood, G. P.. With Brush and Pencil. London: John Murray, 1925. Print.


Waters, Grant M.. “Jacomb-Hood, George Percy, R.B.A., R.E., R.O.I., R.B.C., N.E.A.C. (1857–1929).” Dictionary of British Artists Working 1900- 1950. Eastbourne: Eastbourne Fine Art, 1975. 179. Print.

Illustrations by G. P. Jacomb Hood



Adrianwokethegraphicinitial889 Adrian. Lysbeth, A Tale of the Dutch. The Graphic, vol. 62, no. 1620. 15 December 1900
Afoulfrontispiece A foul, a foul!. Lysbeth, A Tale of the Dutch. 1st US Edition. 1901
Afterathegraphic121 After. Lysbeth, A Tale of the Dutch. The Graphic, vol. 63, no. 1626. 26 January 1901
Afterhim370 After him came the mob. Lysbeth, A Tale of the Dutch. 1st US Edition. 1901

Afterhimthegraphic49 After him came the mob, and then began one of the finest man-hunts that was ever known in Leyden. Lysbeth, A Tale of the Dutch. The Graphic, vol. 63, no. 1624. 12 January 1901
Ahlook388 Ah! look at him now.. Lysbeth, A Tale of the Dutch. 1st US Edition. 1901
Along354 A long, last embrace.. Lysbeth, A Tale of the Dutch. 1st US Edition. 1901
Atathegraphicinitial697 At. Lysbeth, A Tale of the Dutch. The Graphic, vol. 62, no. 1615. 10 November 1900

Atnightfallthegraphicinitial849 At. Lysbeth, A Tale of the Dutch. The Graphic, vol. 62, no. 1619. 8 December 1900
Atthethegraphic697 At the threshold Foy turned to look at Hendrik Brant. He was standing by the table, the light shining full upon his pale face and grizzled head, about which it seemed to cast a halo. Lysbeth, A Tale of the Dutch. The Graphic, vol. 62, no. 1615. 10 November 1900
Axeinthegraphic281 Axe in hand rose the strange and dreadful figure of a naked, skeleton-like woman covered with mud and green weeds, and bleeding from great wounds in the back and sides. There it stood, shaking an axe at the terror-stricken Spaniards. Lysbeth, A Tale of the Dutch. The Graphic, vol. 63, no. 1630. 23 February 1901
Beholdthe134 Behold!... the pair of them had gone headlong into the canal.. Lysbeth, A Tale of the Dutch. 1st US Edition. 1901