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



Illnot304 'I'll not sign!... I have been tricked!'. Lysbeth, A Tale of the Dutch. 1st US Edition. 1901
Inthethegraphicinitial809 In. Lysbeth, A Tale of the Dutch. The Graphic, vol. 62, no. 1618. 1 December 1900
Inanotherthegraphic349 In another minute they had passed down the stairs. Lysbeth, A Tale of the Dutch. The Graphic, vol. 62, no. 1606. 8 September 1900
Itwillthegraphic223 It. Lysbeth, A Tale of the Dutch. The Graphic, vol. 63, no. 1628. 9 February 1901

Itwasinitialthegraphic249 It. Lysbeth, A Tale of the Dutch. The Graphic, vol. 63, no. 1629. 16 February 1901
Itis273 'It is Ramiro...Ramiro the spy.'. Lysbeth, A Tale of the Dutch. 1st US Edition. 1901
Itis259 'It is—it is—Love!'. Lysbeth, A Tale of the Dutch. 1st US Edition. 1901
Itisthegraphic809 'It is—it is—love,' and he sank upon his knees before her, where, she could not noticing, he looked very handsome in the subdued light of the room, with his upturned face blanched by sickness, and his southern glowing eyes. Lysbeth, A Tale of the Dutch. The Graphic, vol. 62, no. 1618. 1 December 1900

Itwasthegraphic249 It was all over in a minute, but before it was done there were five men down, three dead and two sore wounded. Lysbeth, A Tale of the Dutch. The Graphic, vol. 63, no. 1629. 16 February 1901
Iwill181 'I will show you how a gentleman treats dogs!'. Lysbeth, A Tale of the Dutch. 1st US Edition. 1901
Lookoutthegraphic223 'Look out, Foy, she’s coming to herself.' Then someone poured wine down her throat, whereupon, unable to bear this bewilderment any longer, Elsa sat up and opened her eyes wide, to see before her Foy, and none other than Foy in the flesh. Lysbeth, A Tale of the Dutch. The Graphic, vol. 63, no. 1628. 9 February 1901
Lysbethnewnessixpenny1906dustjacket Lysbeth. Lysbeth, A Tale of the Dutch. Newnes' Sixpenny Novels Illustrated. c. 1906