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



Thenshe443 Then she remembered everything.. Lysbeth, A Tale of the Dutch. 1st US Edition. 1901
Thenthere452 Then there came the sound of marching men.. Lysbeth, A Tale of the Dutch. 1st US Edition. 1901
Therewerethegraphicinitial385 There. Lysbeth, A Tale of the Dutch. The Graphic, vol. 62, no. 1607. 15 September 1900
Therebeneath78 There, beneath the light of the guttering candles, they knelt.. Lysbeth, A Tale of the Dutch. 1st US Edition. 1901

Thewhite407 The white and terrified face of—Elsa Brant.. Lysbeth, A Tale of the Dutch. 1st US Edition. 1901
Theypassed38 They passed down the stairs.. Lysbeth, A Tale of the Dutch. 1st US Edition. 1901
Threedaysthegraphicinitial505 Three. Lysbeth, A Tale of the Dutch. The Graphic, vol. 62, no. 1610. 6 October 1900
Thusit166 Thus... it was that Adrian first saw... Elsa Brant.. Lysbeth, A Tale of the Dutch. 1st US Edition. 1901

Tothethegraphicinitial929 To. Lysbeth, A Tale of the Dutch. The Graphic, vol. 62, no. 1621. 22 December 1900
Twodaysthegraphic81 Two. Lysbeth, A Tale of the Dutch. The Graphic, vol. 63, no. 1625. 19 January 1901
Twomen315 Two men... bursting through the barrier of flaming wood.. Lysbeth, A Tale of the Dutch. 1st US Edition. 1901
Vandethegraphic313 Van de Werff called to his horse, and the grey began to gain. Montalvo lashed the black stallion, and once more they passed him. But the black was failing, and he saw it, for Lysbeth heard him curse in Spanish. Lysbeth, A Tale of the Dutch. The Graphic, vol. 62, no. 1605. 1 September 1900