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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
pen and ink, 1880s-1900s
NPG 3472

3178

William Wymark Jacobs

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

Ax39146

William Wymark Jacobs

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

x29756

William Wymark Jacobs

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

x23042

William Wymark Jacobs

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

x83651

William Wymark Jacobs

by Bassano Ltd
vintage print, 22 May 1938
NPG x83651

x127583

William Wymark Jacobs

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

x127584

William Wymark Jacobs

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

x127585

William Wymark Jacobs

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

x82184

William Wymark Jacobs

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

x23041

William Wymark Jacobs

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

x23043

William Wymark Jacobs

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