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



Somemonthsthegraphicinitial1901 313 Some. Lysbeth, A Tale of the Dutch. The Graphic, vol. 63, no. 1631. 2 March 1901
Sotherethegraphic425 So there, beneath the light of the guttering candles, they knelt side by side while Brant, speaking for both of them, offered up a prayer. Lysbeth, A Tale of the Dutch. The Graphic, vol. 62, no. 1608. 22 September 1900
Thatafternoonthegraphicinitial457 That. Lysbeth, A Tale of the Dutch. The Graphic, vol. 62, no. 1609. 29 September 1900
Thatverythegraphic1901313 That very night, Foy came, and with him Red Martin, his great sword Silence still strapped about his middle. Lysbeth, A Tale of the Dutch. The Graphic, vol. 63, no. 1631. 2 March 1901

Thatvery494 That very night Foy came.. Lysbeth, A Tale of the Dutch. 1st US Edition. 1901
Theservicethegraphicinitial545 The. Lysbeth, A Tale of the Dutch. The Graphic, vol. 62, no. 1611. 13 October 1900
Thesergeantthegraphicinitial961 The. Lysbeth, A Tale of the Dutch. The Graphic, vol. 62, no. 1622. 29 December 1900
Thedaythegraphic183 The. Lysbeth, A Tale of the Dutch. The Graphic, vol. 63, no. 1627. 2 February 1901

Thedoorsthegraphic849 The doors were thrown open and a man—he was an executioner—came out carrying a sword in one hand and a bunch of keys on a salver in the other. Lysbeth, A Tale of the Dutch. The Graphic, vol. 62, no. 1619. 8 December 1900
Theherothegraphic577 The hero Adrian, overthrower of robbers, looked at the kneeling Elsa, and knew that she was lovely, as, under the circumstances, was right and fitting, and the rescued Elsa, gazing at the hero Adrian, admitted to herself that he was handsome. Lysbeth, A Tale of the Dutch. The Graphic, vol. 62, no. 1612. 20 October 1900
Themonkthegraphic889 The monk bowed, and producing several folios of manuscript, laid them on the table, together with an ink-horn and a pen. 'Very well. And now, my young friend, be so good as to sign there, at the foot of the writing'. Lysbeth, A Tale of the Dutch. The Graphic, vol. 62, no. 1620. 15 December 1900
Thenlysbethsthegraphicinitial349 Then. Lysbeth, A Tale of the Dutch. The Graphic, vol. 62, no. 1606. 8 September 1900