The Book, Cat, & Cat Book Lovers Almanac

of historical trivia regarding books, cats, and other animals. Actually this blog has evolved so that it is described better as a blog about cats in history and culture. And we take as a theme the advice of Aldous Huxley: If you want to be a writer, get some cats. Don't forget to see the archived articles linked at the bottom of the page.

July 6, 2016

July 6, 1857

George Percy Jacomb-Hood (July 6, 1857 to December 11, 1929), British artist, was born in Weybridge Surrey, England and died in Alassio Liguria, Italy. He was, we learn:

... a genre painter, illustrator and graver. He was a member of the Society of British Artists, and one of Whistler's supporters at the Royal Society of British Artists, later resigning. As he describes in With Brush and Pencil, Hood studied at the Slade and under Lavery in Paris. ....In 1885 Wentworth Studios, Manresa Road were built, where he ran a school with W. Thomas Smith. ..... In 1893, he was living at 32 Tite Street, Chelsea.

Hood was a member of The Arts Club between 1888-1910. He exhibited at the Royal Academy from 1879, the Grosvenor Gallery, the Society of British Artists, the Royal Society of British Artists from 1885 and in Winter 1886-87 and Winter 1887-88. ...

Jacomb Hood married Reta de Hochehied Larpent. A picture he painted is helpful to know our artist.  Here is "The Drawing Room at No. 26 Tite Street."

This is his wife, and his sister-in-law.

George Percy Jacomb Hood put cats in his scenes at times. He also did illustrating and
the 1889 Blue Fairy Book, edited by Andrew Lang, contained Jacomb-Hood's drawings for "The White Cat" story. The scene below is titled "The prince breaks the enchantment of the White Cat."

I have no intention of breaking the enchantment of knowing something about George Percy Jacomb-Hood.

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