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



Howeric291 How Eric sent away his men from Mosfell. Eric Brighteyes. Seventh Impression. 1905
Howeric215 How Eric was a guest at the wedding-feast of Gudruda the fair. Eric Brighteyes. Seventh Impression. 1905
Howeric189 How Eric was named anew. Eric Brighteyes. Seventh Impression. 1905
Howeric110 How Eric was outlawed and sailed a-Viking. Eric Brighteyes. Seventh Impression. 1905

Howhall198 How Hall of Lithdale took tidings to Iceland. Eric Brighteyes. Seventh Impression. 1905
Howswanhild82 How swanhild dealth with Gudruda. Eric Brighteyes. Seventh Impression. 1905
Howthe231 How the feast ended. Eric Brighteyes. Seventh Impression. 1905
Howwent269 How went the bridal night. Eric Brighteyes. Seventh Impression. 1905

Hushfor222 'Hush, for your life's sake!' He exclaimed. 'Hush, or you are lost!'. Beatrice. 1st US illustrated edition. 1890
Jonbound268 Jon Bound. Eric Brighteyes. Seventh Impression. 1905
Howeric144 Lady Elfrida. Eric Brighteyes. Seventh Impression. 1905
Lookupon284 'Look upon thy work drunkard'. Eric Brighteyes. Seventh Impression. 1905