Herbert Horne

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Herbert Percy Horne
Born 1864 (1864)
Died 1916 (1917) (aged 52)
Florence, Italy
Occupation English poet, architect, typographer and designer, art historian and antiquarian
Representative book design by Herbert Horne. (Against War by Erasmus, Merrymount Press, printed 1908).

Herbert Percy Horne (born 1864 in London [1] - died 1916 in Florence, Italy) was an English poet, architect, typographer and designer, art historian and antiquarian. He was an associate of the Rhymers' Club in London. He edited the magazines The Century Guild Hobby Horse and The Hobby Horse for the Century Guild of Artists.

Later in life he settled in Florence, restoring a Renaissance palazzo into which he eventually moved. He first visited Italy in 1889 and kept an illustrated journal of his travels and art and architectural research.

Death and commemoration[edit]

He donated his collection, of arts and handicrafts of the 14th and 15th centuries, to create the Museo della Fondazione Horne in Florence, where he died.

He is buried in the Cimitero Evangelico degli Allori in the southern suburb of Florence, Galluzzo (Italy).


  • Rediscovering Herbert Horne: Poet, Architect, Typographer, Art Historian (1880–1920 British Authors Series, No 3), Ian Fletcher
  • Edward Chaney and Jane Hall, ‘Herbert Horne’s 1889 Diary of his first Journey to Italy’, The Walpole Society, LXIV (2002), pp. 69–125

Further reading[edit]

  • Codell, Julie. "Chelsea Bohemian: Herbert Percy Horne, the Critic as Artist," Ph.D. dissertation, Indiana University, 1978.
  • Codell, Julie."Horne's Botticelli: Pre-Raphaelite Modernity, Historiography and the Aesthetic of Intensity," Journal of Pre-Raphaelite and Aesthetic Studies, 2 (1989), 27-41.

Horne founded the Riccardi Press, a leading British private press that beginning in 1909 issued titles for the Medici Society and later under its own imprint.