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William Wymark Jacobs

(1863-1943), Novelist

Sitter in 13 portraits
At sixteen, Jacobs became a clerk in the civil service, later becoming a clerk in the Savings Bank department. From 1885, he contributed anonymous sketches to Blackfriars magazine. In the early nineties Jerome K. Jerome accepted a number of his stories for The Idler and To-Day, and in 1895 his work was published in the Strand Magazine. His first collection of short stories, Many Cargoes, appeared in 1896; three years later he became a full-time author. The majority of his output was humorous, but he is now best remembered for his macabre tales 'The Monkey's Paw' and 'The Toll House', which appeared in the 1901 collection of short stories The Lady of the Barge.

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William Wymark Jacobs, by Harry Furniss - NPG 3472

William Wymark Jacobs

by Harry Furniss
pen and ink, 1880s-1900s
NPG 3472

William Wymark Jacobs, by Carton Moore-Park - NPG 3178

William Wymark Jacobs

by Carton Moore-Park
oil on canvas, 1910
NPG 3178

William Wymark Jacobs, by Walter Stoneman, for  James Russell & Sons - NPG Ax39146

William Wymark Jacobs

by Walter Stoneman, for James Russell & Sons
bromide print, circa 1916
NPG Ax39146

William Wymark Jacobs, by Emil Otto ('E.O.') Hoppé - NPG x29756

William Wymark Jacobs

by Emil Otto ('E.O.') Hoppé
vintage bromide print, 1925
NPG x29756

William Wymark Jacobs, by Howard Coster - NPG x23042

William Wymark Jacobs

by Howard Coster
half-plate film negative, 1934
NPG x23042

William Wymark Jacobs, by Bassano Ltd - NPG x83651

William Wymark Jacobs

by Bassano Ltd
bromide print, 22 May 1938
NPG x83651

William Wymark Jacobs, by Bassano Ltd - NPG x127583

William Wymark Jacobs

by Bassano Ltd
half-plate film negative, 20 May 1939
NPG x127583

William Wymark Jacobs, by Bassano Ltd - NPG x127584

William Wymark Jacobs

by Bassano Ltd
half-plate film negative, 20 May 1939
NPG x127584

William Wymark Jacobs, by Bassano Ltd - NPG x127585

William Wymark Jacobs

by Bassano Ltd
half-plate film negative, 20 May 1939
NPG x127585

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William Wymark Jacobs

by Elliott & Fry
half-plate negative, 1920s
NPG x82184

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William Wymark Jacobs

by Howard Coster
half-plate film negative, 1934
NPG x23041

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William Wymark Jacobs

by Howard Coster
half-plate film negative, 1934
NPG x23043

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