Literature: Llewellyn, Sacha, and Paul Liss. Portrait of an Artist. Liss Llewellyn, 2021, p.225.
Ronald Horton was the younger brother of Percy Horton. A painter, print maker, teacher and bibliophile with strong left-wing convictions he was born and bred in Brighton he attended Brighton School of Art, studying under Louis Ginnett, 1919-23 and in 1924 moved to London to work for the sculptor William Aumonier and later assisted Rex Whistler with murals and stage designs, 1930-36. From 1920 until his death Horton was a member of the Communist Party and from 1924-26 he was politically very active, working part-time for the book dealer Birrell & Garnett (his collection of Russian children’s books went to the Victoria & Albert Museum, his games, puzzles and toys to the University of Wales, Aberystwyth) and studied in the evenings at St. Martin’s School of Art. Horton gained a scholarship to the Royal College of Art studying under William Rothenstein, 1926-29 and visited Paris. He showed at RA, NEAC, and Zwemmer Gallery and contributed articles to a variety of art related magazines. In 1944, Ronald Horton was appointed as Head of Art Teacher Training at his Alma mater in Brighton. In the 1950’s and 1960’s, Horton travelled extensively abroad. He was an active member of SEA, Art Workers’ Guild, AIA and Artists for Peace, organising key exhibitions, including the Lenin Centenary and the Centenary of the Paris Commune. A posthumous retrospective was staged at Brighton Polytechnic in 1982. His work is in the collection of Brighton and Hove Museums and Art Galleries and at Brighton University. His first wife was the artist Sofy Asscher.