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



Menturned220 Men turned and looked. Eric Brighteyes. Seventh Impression. 1905
Mrdavies42 Mr. Davies merely replied that the property could wait; he should go the voyage, and then retire.. Beatrice. 1st US illustrated edition. 1890
Murderbeatrice140 Murder!. Beatrice. 1st US illustrated edition. 1890
Nonever114 'No, never!' she exclaimed, stamping her foot upon the shingle.. Beatrice. 1st US illustrated edition. 1890

Ospakar19 Ospakar. Eric Brighteyes. Seventh Impression. 1905
Ospakarscairn239 Ospakar's Cairn. Eric Brighteyes. Seventh Impression. 1905
Ridingover253 Riding over the snows. Eric Brighteyes. Seventh Impression. 1905
Rightthrough170 Right through her heart it sped.. Eric Brighteyes. Seventh Impression. 1905

Shestruggled22 She struggled to her knees, gasping.. Beatrice. 1st US illustrated edition. 1890
Shetook278 She took his hand. Eric Brighteyes. Seventh Impression. 1905
Skallagrimground218 Skalgrim ground his axe. Eric Brighteyes. Seventh Impression. 1905
Swanhildwhispering88 Swanhild whispering to her gray wolf. Eric Brighteyes. Seventh Impression. 1905