Later Victorian Portraits Catalogue

George Percy Jacomb-Hood (1857-1929), Painter, illustrator and etcher

Painter, etcher and illustrator; born 6 July 1857, at Redhill, his father a leading railway engineer. Studied under Edward John Poynter and Alphonse Legros at the Slade School (three years), and under J.P. Laurens in Paris 1880–82; artist-correspondent of the Graphic for first modern Olympic Games, Athens, 1896, and for several royal visits to India 1902, 1905–6 and 1911; exh. RA 1879–1929 (many portraits); founder member of the New English Art Club and Society of Portrait Painters; MVO 1912; died 11 December 1929, at Alassio, Italy. [1]

Jacomb-Hood on portrait painting:

Of the two or three hundred portraits which I have, I suppose, perpetrated in my time, I can only call to mind one instance of falling out with my sitter and of giving up the commission […] John Sargent, when I told him of the affair, kindly reproved me, saying that I ought to have persisted to the end and finished the work, as a matter of self-discipline and ‘business’. [2]

Carol Blackett-Ord

Footnotesback to top

1) Biographical details from Who Was Who 1967; and Jacomb-Hood 1925.
2) Jacomb-Hood 1925, p.90

Referencesback to top

Houfe 1996
Houfe, S., The Dictionary of 19th-Century British Book Illustrators and Caricaturists, Woodbridge, Suffolk, 1996 (rev. ed. of Houfe 1978).

Jacomb-Hood 1925
Jacomb-Hood, P., With Brush and Pencil, London, 1925.

Macer-Wright 1940
Macer-Wright, P., Brangwyn: a Study in Genius at Close Quarters, London, 1940.

O’Donoghue 1908–22
O’Donoghue, F., Catalogue of Engraved British Portraits preserved in the Department of Prints and Drawings in the British Museum, 5 vols, London, 1908–22 (and vol.6, H.M. Hake, Supplement and indexes, 1925).

Rothenstein 1926
Rothenstein, J., The Portrait Drawings of William Rothenstein 1889–1925, London, 1926.

Rothenstein 1931–2
Rothenstein, W., Men and Memories: Recollections of William Rothenstein, 2 vols, London, 1931–2.

Who Was Who 1967
Who Was Who, vol. 3, A Companion to Who’s Who Containing the Biographies of Those Who Died During the Period 1929–40, 2nd ed., London, 1967.