Lancelot Speed

Lancelot Speed (1860–1931) was a British illustrator, painter, cartoonist, and film director. Speed was born on 13 June 1860. He attended Rugby School and later Clare College, Cambridge. Speed contributed to a variety of periodicals including Punch, The Illustrated London News, Sporting & Dramatic News, The English Illustrated Magazine, Good Words, The Sphere, The Windsor Magazine, and The Graphic. In addition to illustrating Haggard’s She, Speed also designed the set for the 1916 silent film version of She directed by Will Barker (England: Barker Motion Photography). Speed lived in Barnet and Southend-on-Sea. He died on 31 December 1931.

Further Reading:


Houfe, Simon. “Speed, Lancelot 1860–1931.” The Dictionary of British Book Illustrators and Caricaturists 1800-1914. Woodbridge, Suffolk: Antique Collectors’ Club, 1981. 461. Print.


Waters, Grant M.. “Speed, Lancelot (1860–1931).” Dictionary of British Artists Working 1900- 1950. Eastbourne: Eastbourne Fine Art, 1975. 309-310. Print.


Whatmore, D.E.. H Rider Haggard: A Bibliography. Westport, CT: Meckler Publishing Co., 1987. FPB10, 133. Print.

Illustrations by Lancelot Speed



Alasshe104 Alas! She could not hear a single word.. Beatrice. 1st US illustrated edition. 1890
Allnight238 All night long Gudruda sat in the Bride's Seat. Eric Brighteyes. Seventh Impression. 1905
Athercollierfrontispiece At her feet—in a pool—was a dead man. Eric Brighteyes. Authorized Edition. None
Ather2 At her feet—in a pool—was a dead man. Eric Brighteyes. Seventh Impression. 1905

Beatricesat144 Beatrice sat down on the foot of her bed, and, leaning her arm upon the window-sill, looked out upon the quiet night.. Beatrice. 1st US illustrated edition. 1890
Cometry68 'Come, try a fall with me, Baresark'. Eric Brighteyes. Seventh Impression. 1905
Denouncedthe162 Denounced the woman.. Beatrice. 1st US illustrated edition. 1890
Drewforth256 Drew forth her shears.. Eric Brighteyes. Seventh Impression. 1905

Ericand128 Eric and Skallagrim boarding the 'Raven'. Eric Brighteyes. Seventh Impression. 1905
Ericand Eric and Swanhild saw her not. Eric Brighteyes. Seventh Impression. 1905
Ericon35 Eric on sheep-saddle rock.. Eric Brighteyes. Seventh Impression. 1905
Fallsa67 Falls a hundred fathoms down.. Eric Brighteyes. Seventh Impression. 1905