Albert Rawson

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Albert Leighton Rawson (1829-1902) was an illustrator and engraver who collaborated with Charles Sotheran and with Alexander Wilder around the time of the founding of the Theosophical Society in New York. According to the Membership Register of the Society, he became the 139th member on December 9, 1877.[1]He is supposed to have accompanied Helena Petrovna Blavatsky during her early travels in the Middle East, and to have been a friend of D. M. Bennett.

Rawson was an Orientalist and was influenced by Arab culture. He was initiated into a "Brotherhood of Lebanon" and co-founded the "Nobles of the Mystic Shrine." He and Sotheran were supporters of the Free Thought movement,[2] and both were Masons.[3]

See also

  • Deveney, John Patrick. “The Travels of H.P. Blavatsky and the Chronology of Albert Leighton Rawson: An Unsatisfying Investigation into H.P.B.’s Whereabouts in the Early 1850s,” Theosophical History 10, no. 1 (January 2004).
  • Johnson, K. Paul. In Search of the Masters: Behind the Occult Myth. 1990.
  • Johnson, K. Paul. The Masters Revealed: Madam Blavatsky and the Myth of the Great White Lodge. Albany, NY: State University of New York Press, 1994.
  • "History of the Adepts"
  • Nance, Susan. How the Arabian Nights Inspired the American Dream, 1790-1935.
  • Rawson, Albert Leighton in Theosophy World.
  • D. M. Bennett
  • Goodrick-Clarke, Nicholas. "Western Esoteric Traditions and Theosophy" Handbook of the Theosophical Current (Leiden: Brill, 2013), 269-271, 279-280.


  1. Theosophical Society General Membership Register, 1875-1942 at See book 1, entry 139 (website file: 1A/13).
  2. Joscelyn Godwin, "Blavatsky and the First Generation of Theosophy" Handbook of the Theosophical Current (Leiden: Brill, 2013), 19.
  3. Jay Kinney, "Shhh! It's a Secret! Grappling with the Puzzle of Freemasonry" The Quest 101.3 (July 2013), 98.