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



Whyit52 'Why, it must be Effie, my daughter. Please let her in.'. Beatrice. 1st US illustrated edition. 1890