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Percy Horton (1897-1970)

Born in Brighton, Percy Horton attended the School of Art there from 1912-1916. During the First Word War he became a conscientious objector and was sentenced to two years hard labour in Carlton Prison, Edinburgh, from 1916-18. After the war, he took up his studies again at the Central School of Art 1918-20 and the Royal College of Art 1922-24. In 1925 he was appointed art master at Bishop's Stortford College and also began giving classes at the Working Men's College in London.

As a member of the AIA (Allied International Artists) during the 1930's he believed that artists should be socially committed and he painted a series of portraits of the unemployed during the Depression. He taught at the RCA between 1930 and 1949. During the Second World War the college was evacuated to Ambleside and he produced a series of paintings of the Lake District and its people. At the request of the War Artists Advisory Committee he drew portraits and painted scenes in war factories and this collection is now in the Imperial War Museum. In 1949 Horton was elected Ruskin Master of Drawing at Oxford University and remained in this post until his retirement in 1964. His favourite areas for his paintings were the South Downs around Firle and the farmsteads of Provence.

His style was restrained and traditional; in 1973 came this quote - "the landscapes of his maturity are carefully composed and closely observed, the artist's strong sense of form and pictorial structure making them serious works which require time to assimilate and appreciate. As a figure draughtsman, he was outstanding and his portrait drawings and paintings are the work of a sensitive artist of intense concentration, intellectual power and human understanding."

Percy Horton painted many scenes of Dulwich . He and his wife, Lydia lived at 11 Pond Cottages for many years. His neighbours were fellow artists James and Margaret Fitton who lived at 10 Pond Cottages. After the Hortons left the two cottages were amalgamated and the Fittons took over the entire property. One of Horton's pupils at the RCA was the North American-born artist, R.B. Kitaj, who also lived in Dulwich, in the 1960's, in Burbage Road.

Horton exhibited in numerous group shows, including the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition, Arts Council travelling exhibitions, Royal Society of British Artists, New English Art Club, Ashmolean Museum and the Brighton Art Gallery. A memorial retrospective was held at the Mall Galleries in 1971. His work may be seen in the permanent collections of the Tate, National Portrait Gallery, Arts Council, Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge., and a number of city art galleries.


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Artist Percy Horton: Study for Blind Workers in a Birmingham Factory, c.1942
Percy Horton
Study for Blind Workers in a...  For sale
£1300
Artist Percy Horton: On this occasion there was the usual confusion 1925
Percy Horton
'On this occasion there was the...  For sale
£740
Artist Percy Horton: Profile portrait of a girl, head and shoulders, late 1920s
Percy Horton
Profile portrait of a girl  For sale
£690
Artist Percy Horton: Farmscene , 1932
Percy Horton
Farmscene , 1932  For sale
£410
Artist Percy Horton: Peasant girl
Percy Horton
Peasant girl  For sale
£650
Artist Percy Horton: Yougoslavia, 1947
Percy Horton
Yougoslavia, 1947  For sale
£510
Artist Percy Horton: Study for Kensington Gardens, circa 1925
Percy Horton
Study for Kensington Gardens  For sale
£550
Artist Percy Horton: Percys brother Ron tuning the violin, circa 1925
Percy Horton
Percy's brother Ron tuning the violin  For sale
£570
Artist Percy Horton: Portrait of Kay the artists daugher
Percy Horton
Portrait of Kay the artist's daugher  For sale
£440
Artist Percy Horton: Portrait study
Percy Horton
Portrait study  For sale
£640
Artist Percy Horton: Portrait of Joan Jenner, circa 1930
Percy Horton
Portrait of Joan Jenner, circa 1930  For sale
£650
Artist Percy Horton: Study for Kensington Gardens
Percy Horton
Study for Kensington Gardens  For sale
£1060
Artist Percy Horton: The Artists daughter Kay restiing
Percy Horton
The Artist's daughter Kay restiing  For sale
£245
Artist Percy Horton: Portrait of Kay, the artists daughter
Percy Horton
Portrait of Kay, the artist's daughter  For sale
£650
Artist Percy Horton: Portrait of Margaret Binyon
Percy Horton
Portrait of Margaret Binyon  For sale
£470
Artist Percy Horton: Portrait of Joan Jenner seated
Percy Horton
Portrait of Joan Jenner seated  For sale
£670
Artist Percy Horton: The Artist’s Daughter, Kay, c.1940
Percy Horton
The Artist’s Daughter, Kay, c.1940  For sale
£2750
Artist Percy Horton: Profile portrait of a woman with glasses, 1930s
Percy Horton
Profile portrait of a woman with...  For sale 
Artist Percy Horton: Portrait of a woman with glasses
Percy Horton
Portrait of a woman with glasses  For sale 
Artist Percy Horton: Geraniums in Barrel, 1970
Percy Horton
Geraniums in Barrel, 1970  For sale 
Artist Percy Horton: Birch Trees, circa 1920
Percy Horton
Birch Trees, circa 1920  For sale 
Artist Percy Horton: Portrait of J.A. Leach, of Messrs A V Roe of Manchester,1943
Percy Horton
Portrait of J.A. Leach  For sale 
Artist Percy Horton: Plein air scetch of trees, c.1925
Percy Horton
Plein air scetch of trees, c.1925  For sale 
Artist Percy Horton: Trees in a park, circa 1920
Percy Horton
Trees in a park, circa 1920  For sale 
Artist Percy Horton: Joan Jenner/Rhoades reading, circa 1925
Percy Horton
Joan Jenner/Rhoades reading, circa 1925  For sale 
Artist Percy Horton: Landscape: houses through gap in trees, figure left foreground, circa 1925
Percy Horton
Landscape: houses through gap in trees  For sale 
Artist Percy Horton: Chianti bottle with lemon, circa 1922
Percy Horton
Chianti bottle with lemon, circa 1922  For sale 
Artist Percy Horton: Derbyshire landscape - circa 1925
Percy Horton
Derbyshire landscape - circa 1925  For sale 
Artist Percy Horton: Study for Kensington Gardens, 1923
Percy Horton
Study for Kensington Gardens, 1923  For sale 
Artist Percy Horton: Nude, study, 1915
Percy Horton
Nude, study, 1915  For sale 
Artist Percy Horton: Suburban Garden - 1921
Percy Horton
Suburban Garden - 1921  For sale 
Artist Percy Horton: Tree-lined road, houses beyond - circa 1925
Percy Horton
Tree-lined road  For sale 
Artist Percy Horton: Self Portrait at easle - circa 1940
Percy Horton
Self Portrait at easle - circa 1940  For sale 
Artist Percy Horton: Portrait of a young girl - circa 1925
Percy Horton
Portrait of a young girl - circa 1925  For sale 
Artist Percy Horton: Portrait of a Young Girl - circa 1925
Percy Horton
Portrait of a Young Girl - circa 1925  For sale 
Artist Percy Horton: Seated 3/4 rear, picture on wall - circa 1925
Percy Horton
Seated 3/4 rear  For sale 
Artist Percy Horton: Portrait of an artist, possibly Stanley Badmin- circa 1925
Percy Horton
Portrait of an artist  For sale 
Artist Percy Horton: Self-Portait, circa 1930
Percy Horton
Self-Portait, circa 1930  Sold 
Artist Percy Horton: Pitched stone wall, ruined turret, cottage and fields, circa 1925
Percy Horton
Pitched stone wall  Sold 
Artist Percy Horton: View of Ambleside, circa 1942
Percy Horton
View of Ambleside, circa 1942  Sold 
Artist Percy Horton: Calton Jail?
Percy Horton
Calton Jail?  Sold 
Artist Percy Horton: Portrait of the Artists wife
Percy Horton
Portrait of the Artist's wife  Sold 
Artist Percy Horton: Study of a seated nude, one arm and one leg raised
Percy Horton
Study of a seated nude  Sold 
Artist Percy Horton: Young man in National Fire Service costume - probably Fireman Turner of Hull
Percy Horton
Young man in National Fire Service...  Sold 
Artist Percy Horton: Scene from Middle East, boy with fez, working on a carpet
Percy Horton
Scene from Middle East  Sold 
Artist Percy Horton: Tree with white blossom in a fenced garden in the woods
Percy Horton
Tree with white blossom in a fenced...  Sold 
Artist Percy Horton: Seated woman in thought
Percy Horton
Seated woman in thought  Sold 
Artist Percy Horton: Portrait of a young woman
Percy Horton
Portrait of a young woman  Sold 
Artist Percy Horton: Firle
Percy Horton
'Firle'  Sold 
Artist Percy Horton: Study for Street Scene, Joan Jenner
Percy Horton
Study for 'Street Scene', Joan Jenner  Sold 
Artist Percy Horton: Peasant woman
Percy Horton
Peasant woman  Sold 
Artist Percy Horton: Lydia, 19/4/1915
Percy Horton
Lydia, 19/4/1915  Sold 
Artist Percy Horton: Hilly landscape with tree and bushes in the foreground
Percy Horton
Hilly landscape with tree and bushes...  Sold 
Artist Percy Horton: Study of a man with a jacket on his arm, circa 1915
Percy Horton
Study of a man with a jacket on his arm  Sold 
Artist Percy Horton: Study for Kensington Gardens, circa 1925
Percy Horton
Study for Kensington Gardens  Sold 
Artist Percy Horton: Bathing the Baby, circa 1925
Percy Horton
Bathing the Baby, circa 1925  Sold 
Artist Percy Horton: Self portrait, 1946
Percy Horton
Self portrait, 1946  Sold 
Artist Percy Horton: Kay, the artists daughter, sleeping
Percy Horton
Kay, the artist's daughter, sleeping  Sold 
Artist Percy Horton: Portrait of James Fitton, circa 1950
Percy Horton
Portrait of James Fitton, circa 1950  Sold 
Artist Percy Horton: Portrait study 1930
Percy Horton
Portrait study 1930  Sold 
Artist Percy Horton: Self portrait, circa 1935
Percy Horton
Self portrait, circa 1935  Sold 
Artist Percy Horton: Colour composition with men and women camping, 1940s
Percy Horton
Colour composition with men and...  Sold 
Artist Percy Horton: The Lay
Percy Horton
The Lay  Sold 
Artist Percy Horton: An Orchad in Kent - circa 1930
Percy Horton
An Orchad in Kent - circa 1930  Sold 
Artist Percy Horton: Portrait of a Private, 1916
Percy Horton
Portrait of a Private, 1916  Sold 
Artist Percy Horton: Self Portrait - circa 1925
Percy Horton
Self Portrait - circa 1925  Sold 
Artist Percy Horton: Farmyard view
Percy Horton
Farmyard view  Sold 
Artist Percy Horton: Fair hair model, perched on table - circa 1925
Percy Horton
Fair hair model  Sold 
Artist Percy Horton: Girl in the studio, circa 1947
Percy Horton
Girl in the studio, circa 1947  Sold