William Thomas Horton (1864–1919) was one of the Smithers People, a number of artists sponsored by Leonard Smithers (1861–1907),a leading light of the Decadent movement and publisher of upscale pornography. Some starry names were in his orbit, including Max Beerbohm, Aleister Crowley, Oscar Wilde and W. B. Yeats. In 1896 Smithers launched Savoy, a culture magazine that counted Aubrey Beardsley as art editor and to which Horton was a frequent contributor. His apparent simplicity of his black and white images seem to mask more than they reveal – fitting, no doubt, for a member of the Golden Dawn occult society.
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