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[Np, but likely Redhill or London] 1910 - Oil on canvas, 34.5 x 18 cm. Varnished. Canvas a trace frayed and soiled at right edge, with some slight surface cracking to varnish from old creases, but generally in good state. Matted (mat a bit dust smudged). A left profile portrait of an unidentified virtually forehead-less, broadly moustached male, with eyebrows to match, in either a clerical or military collar. An earlier pencil note speculates the subject may be a caricature of the Kaiser. Unsigned. Horton (1864-1919) is best known for his book illustrations (particularly those rendered in black & white) and his allegorical work, THE WAY OF A SOUL. He contributed to THE SAVOY, and maintained a long, if occasionally strained friendship with W.B. Yeats, who introduced him as a member to the Order of the Golden Dawn. Although initiated into the Order, Horton felt membership inimical to his deeply ingrained Christianity and he resigned shortly thereafter, confining his association to a lesser known group, "The Brotherhood of the New Life." His talents, in comparison to some of his better known contemporaries and analogues, such as Beardsley, were undeniably of a secondary stature; however, his commitment to his art as a means of rendering into visible form his spiritual concerns, as well as his associations with Yeats, Gregory, H. Rider Haggard and Beardsley, guarantee for him a place of some note in the period's history. Yeats wrote an appreciative, if cautious, introduction to his A BOOK OF IMAGES (London: The Unicorn Press, 1898), and reserved for him prominent places in both the Epilogue ("All Soul's Night") and Dedication ("To Vestigia") to A VISION. Roger Ingpen's WILLIAM THOMAS HORTON (1864 - 1919) A SELECTION OF HIS WORK WITH BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCH (1929) and George Mills Harper's W. B. YEATS AND W.T. HORTON: THE RECORD OF AN OCCULT FRIENDSHIP (1980) remain the most substantial treatments of his life and work.
      [Bookseller: William Reese Company - Literature, ABAA]
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