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



Fallsa67 Falls a hundred fathoms down. Eric Brighteyes. Seventh Impression. 1905
Goldenfalls29 Golden Falls. Eric Brighteyes. Seventh Impression. 1905
Groabrewsseventhimpression165 Groa Brews a Love Potion. Eric Brighteyes. Seventh Impression. 1905
Hallthe145 Hall the liar rows ashore. Eric Brighteyes. Seventh Impression. 1905

Hearkenallseventh impression223 Hearken. Eric Brighteyes. Seventh Impression. 1905
Herwhite303 Her white robe was red with blood; a great sword was set in her heart. Eric Brighteyes. Seventh Impression. 1905
Hesnothing82 'He's nothing but an old beer-tub of a heathen'. Beatrice. 1st US illustrated edition. 1890
Howasmund91 How Asmund spoke with Swanhild. Eric Brighteyes. Seventh Impression. 1905

Howasmund1 How Asmund the priest found Groa the witch. Eric Brighteyes. Seventh Impression. 1905
Ericand171 How Earl Atli found Eric and Skallagrim on the Southern Rocks of Straumey Isle. Eric Brighteyes. Seventh Impression. 1905
Howeric307 How Eric and Skallagrim fought their last great fight. Eric Brighteyes. Seventh Impression. 1905
Howeric206 How Eric came home again. Eric Brighteyes. Seventh Impression. 1905