A London artist, Lipscombe studied at the Royal Academy Schools and soon after graduation became the motor sport illustrator for the newly founded magazine ‘The Motor’. He soon became the acknowledged master of the genre and began painting and exhibiting large scale oils. His depiction of the 1907 French Grand Prix now hangs on the main stairs of the Royal Automobile Club in London. He created a well-known patriotic poster for the British Rail Recruitment Office which was re-used successfully by the War Office in the Great War. During hostilities he volunteered as a driver with the British Red Cross and served on the Italian Front in Italy, producing a number of works whilst there. Four of these were acquired by the Imperial War Museum.