Rediscovering Herbert Horne
Poet, Architect, Typographer, Art Historian
Publication Year: 2090
Published by: ELT Press
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Title Page, Copyright
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List of Illustrations
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Ian Fletcher has written so well about the world of the 1890s that it is hard to believe that his extraordinary creativity has ceased. Now thanks to the dedication of Robert Langenfeld, Loraine Fletcher, and Kathleen Mason Driskell the book that he was working on for many years, in the midst of doing so much else, has been made ready for the press. ...
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Before 1900, Herbert Horne's life is a field more appropriate to the literary historian. A historian of art is a requisite for some just estimate of Horne's activities after that date. To the latter term, I cannot pretend, so I touch tentatively, if extensively, on Horne as collector and as art historian. ...
1. The Early Phase
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Herbert Horne's name is probably more familiar to historians of art than to those concerned with literary history.1 His work on Botticelli remains authoritative and he preserves a minor but honourable place in the history of design, largely through his connexion with A. H. Mackmurdo and the Century Guild. ...
2. Horne and Some Contemporaries
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Frailty of body and strength of personality is the impression Horne made on many of his contemporaries. Yet such strength of personality was only evident on long acquaintance. Horne was never a ready talker and the very judiciousness of his talk tended to leave a false effect of dilettantism. ...
3. The Poet and His Poetry
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By the middle 1880s Horne had become a habitue of the Alhambra. For a short while it was a circus, but developed in the late 1870s and 1880s into one of the centres of London nightlife. The entertainment, as at the Empire, which opened in 1887, consisted of ballet, singing and variety turns, ...
4. The Craftsman and Architect
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As with his poetry, Horne's work in design tapers off sharply after 1890. In that year, his partnership with Mackmurdo was dissolved. Horne had become, in Mackmurdo's version, too absorbed in his literary work to be much assistance with the firm's architectural commissions, ...
5. Crucial Years as Editor
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Such notice as Horne occasionally receives from literary historians derives from his association with the Century Guild Hobby Horse (5.1). After some feeble contributions to the first, abortive issue of 1884, Horne edited all the later issues from 1886 to 1891. ...
6. The Typographer and Book Design
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These were the years also of the Rhymers' Club and of its hero Verlaine's visit in 1893 to London, organized jOintly by Horne and Symons. The part that Horne played among the Rhymers in the Club is difficult to determine. Having abandoned poetry, he did not contribute either to the first or the second of the Club's anthologies, ...
7. The Art Historian: Italy and Botticelli
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From the years 1894-1895 on, Horne was to spend much time in Italy. When in London, he utilized his mother's house at 14 Cheyne Walk, though he kept his rooms for a few years at 4 Kings Bench Walk (where he designed a fireplace). In Florence, his life during the 1890s sounds lively enough: ...
8. The Final Phase
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Although not precisely in the world of connoisseurs, art historians and dealers, Reginald Turner, like Rothenstein, saw as much of Horne as anyone during Horne's last years. Turner indeed presents an image of Horne in his novel Samson Unshorn (1909). ...
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Page Count: 190
Publication Year: 2090
Series Title: 1880-1920 British Authors Series