Arthur Boyd Houghton was an illustrator and painter, in oil and watercolour. He studied at Leigh's Art School and went on to exhibit at the Royal Academy between 1861 and 1872, as well as at the British Institution, the Old Watercolour Society, the Society of British Artists and elsewhere. He travelled to India and America and developed a taste for the exotic, which can be seen in subjects such as The Transformation of King Beder and The Return of Hiawatha, although his oil paintings were mainly of contemporary genre. He is, however, best known for his book designs such as those for Dalziels's Arabian Nights and Don Quixote.
Wood, C., The Dictionary of Victorian Painters, 2nd ed., Woodbridge, 1978.