A Book of Images by WT Horton



A Book of Images is an odd volume, a small collection of full-page drawings published by the Unicorn Press in 1898. William Thomas Horton (1864–1919) wasn’t in the first rank of black-and-white artists (although he did do better than this later on) but he was fortunate to have his book introduced by WB Yeats who generously lists the artist among some of the great talents of the 1890s. The series evolves from mundane views to mystical vision, and it’s this latter quality which Horton would explore in subsequent works.


By the canal.


La Rue des Petit-Toits.


The Wave.


The Path to the Moon.


Ascending into Heaven.


Rosa Mystica.



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4 thoughts on “A Book of Images by WT Horton”

  1. I’m sure I’ve seen Path to the Moon parodied or copied somewhere but I can’t remember where.

  2. Path to the Moon is very familiar to me as well! I’ll be wracking my brains all day to try and work out where I’ve seen it…

  3. I think it’s the kind of thing which emerges from more advanced doodling, I used to draw fractured landscapes like that myself when I was younger. The opposite is an infinite plain with a crack running through it.

  4. I just remembered. It reminds me a lot of some Dr. Seuss landscapes.

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