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



Dirkheardthegraphic457 Dirk heard, and his ruddy face turned ashen grey. 'Cousin,' he replied, 'you seek of me the one thing which I must not give...without you, here I pay you back in your own words—I cannot, I cannot, I cannot' . Lysbeth, A Tale of the Dutch. The Graphic, vol. 62, no. 1609. 29 September 1900
Dirklockedthegraphic17 Dirk locked his wife in his arms in a long, last embrace. Lysbeth, A Tale of the Dutch. The Graphic, vol. 63, no. 1623. 5 January 1901
Elsahungthegraphic121 Elsa hung back at its ill-omened threshold. She even tried to struggle a little, poor girl. Lysbeth, A Tale of the Dutch. The Graphic, vol. 63, no. 1626. 26 January 1901
Forhalfthegraphicinitial737 For. Lysbeth, A Tale of the Dutch. The Graphic, vol. 62, no. 1616. 17 November 1900

Foyturned211 Foy turned to look at Hendrik Brant.. Lysbeth, A Tale of the Dutch. 1st US Edition. 1901
Foyslongthegraphic961 Foy’s long dagger went through the porter’s throat. A glance showed Foy that from him there was nothing more to fear, so he turned. 'Help if you can,' groaned Martin, as well he might. Lysbeth, A Tale of the Dutch. The Graphic, vol. 62, no. 1622. 29 December 1900
Halfathegraphic929 Half a minute later two men bearing naked swords in their hands might be seen bursting through the barrier of flaming wood. Lysbeth, A Tale of the Dutch. The Graphic, vol. 62, no. 1621. 22 December 1900
Heedlessof217 Heedless of their bullets, Hans the pilot rose to his feet again.. Lysbeth, A Tale of the Dutch. 1st US Edition. 1901

Hesprang336 He sprang at the man like a wild cat.. Lysbeth, A Tale of the Dutch. 1st US Edition. 1901
Iam428 'I am not willing,' cried Elsa.. Lysbeth, A Tale of the Dutch. 1st US Edition. 1901
Icannot98 'I cannot, I cannot!'. Lysbeth, A Tale of the Dutch. 1st US Edition. 1901
Iffoythegraphicinitial769 If. Lysbeth, A Tale of the Dutch. The Graphic, vol. 62, no. 1617. 24 November 1900