W.T. Horton

William Thomas Horton (1864-1919) was a mystic, illustrator and author. Horton's minimalistic black and white drawings make his work similar to Aubrey Beardsley (1872 – 1898) and Charles Ricketts (1866 - 1931). Today, Horton is usually remembered in conjunction with his intimate friend W. B. Yeats. Yeats sponsored Horton's initiation into the occult organization the Golden Dawn. He also wrote the introduction to Horton's Book of Images (1898), and Yeats includes the illustrator in his poem about Golden Dawn called “All Souls' Night.”

Further Reading:


Pierce, David. “William Horton (1864-1919).” Yeats’s Worlds: Ireland, England, and the Poetic Imagination. New Haven: Yale University Press, 1995. 326. Print


Ray, Gordon Norton, Thomas V Lange, and Charles V Passela. “William T. Horton (1864-1919).” The Illustrator and the Book in England from 1790 to 1914. New York: Pierpont Morgan Library, 1976. 325, 202-203. Print.


Harper, George Mills. W.B. Yeats and W.T. Horton : the record of an occult friendship. Atlantic Highlands, N.J. : Humanities Press, 1980. Print.


Horton, W. T.. A Book of Images. London: Unicorn Press, 1898. Print.


--- William Thomas Horton (1864-1919) a selection of his work. Ed. Roger Ingpen. London: Ingpen and Grant, 1929. Print.

Illustrations by W.T. Horton



Changedindeed29 Changed indeed, mysterious, wonderful. The Mahatma and the Hare, A Dream Story. 1st Edition. 1911
Guidedguarded159 Guarded, guided by the Spirits of Dead Suns. The Mahatma and the Hare, A Dream Story. 1st Edition. 1911
Iwho21 I, who myself was worshipped as a god. The Mahatma and the Hare, A Dream Story. 1st Edition. 1911
Iwent9 I went to a bridge I knew. The Mahatma and the Hare, A Dream Story. 1st Edition. 1911

Thegreat36 The great white road. The Mahatma and the Hare, A Dream Story. 1st Edition. 1911
Thenfromfrontispiece Then, from between the wardens of the gates, flowed forth the helpers and the guardians seeking their beloved. The Mahatma and the Hare, A Dream Story. 1st Edition. 1911