I met the man, once, at his home in suburban Liverpool. He kindly agreed to be interviewed for my, as yet unpublished and never completed, 1988 Stuart project.
I learned a few fascinating things from him. I was also able to make him aware of something he hadn't known previously. He didn't realize that Stuart used the stage name, Stuart de Stael, for the May 1960 Scotland tour.
According to Brian Morley, of the Guardian, the Russian abstract expressionist painter, Nicolas de Stael was one of Mr. Horsfield's prime influences.
Here is an extremely informative link to some info about Nicolas de Stael:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nicolas_de_Sta%C3%ABl
Here is a de Stael painting: http://www.operagallery.com/artistes/Master/Destael/2006XDSN001.jpg
In the course of our one hour conversation, Mr Horsfield told me he vaguely remembered being asked to recommend Stuart for an art teaching course. He said that he strongly felt Stuart was more suited to being a painter, rather than a painting teacher.
My clearest recollection of that meeting, however, is being picked up at the train station by Mr. Horsfield's adult son. After we shook hands and I got into his small car, he said that he wanted to thank me for requesting the interview with his retired father. He said that it was all his father had spoken about for the past week and he was really excited and looking forward to it.
His son's kind words immediately put this inexperienced journalist at ease, and meeting Stuart Sutcliffe's former art teacher in his suburban garden was an enjoyable event for the both of us.