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 Alfred Aloysius "Trader Horn" Horn  (1854 - 1927)



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Lived/Active: Texas / Africa/United Kingdom      Known for: painting, writing, teaching

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This biography from the Archives of AskART:
"Trader Horn spent his youth as an ivory trader in Central Africa. This is the true story of his life--thrills, adventure and danger at every turn.  He writes about his journeys into jungles teaming with buffalo, gorillas, man-eating leopards, serpents and savages.  Along the way, he frees slaves, meets Cecil Rhodes (founder of Rhodesia) and liberates a princess from captivity.

This book has one of the earliest descriptions of "Mokele-mbembe"--a large mythical (so far) creature reported to live in the lakes and swamps of the Congo River basin.  This book isn't about this creature, but it does have a brief passage of Horn describing tales told to him by natives and explorers about a fearsome creature given two different names: "jago-nini" and "amali."

He also taught painting in Texas to wealthy young women.

Sources:, Editorial Review of the book, Trader Horn, Being the Life and Works of Alfred Aloysius Horn.

Peter Hastings Falk, Editor, Who Was Who in American Art.  He has this artist listed as Alfred Aloysius Smith

This biography from the Archives of AskART:
"Alfred Aloysius Horn was born in 1854, and as a teenager sailed from the U.K. to Africa where he died in1927. In between, he lived a varied and colorful life. He was an ivory trader in Central Africa, a big game hunter, a gold and copper prospector, a Scotland Yard detective, the liberator of an Isorga princess, a distiller of prickly pear brandy, an admiral of a cannibal river fleet, the first white man initiated into the Egbo, and a mine-sweeper. He became acquainted with Ulysses S. Grant and Cecil Rhodes, founder of Rhodesia. Later in life, he turned to simpler things and became a gridiron peddler and dealer in literary novelties."

The Globe Corner Bookstore

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