John Hall Thorpe was a leading Australian woodcut artist of the early twentieth century. He studied at the Sydney Art Society, Heatherley's and St. Martin's School of Art. He then worked as both an artist and engraver on the staff of the Sydney Mail. John Hall Thorpe was also a full member of the Royal Society of British Artists and of the Art Workers' Guild. Known equally well for both his landscapes and floral studies, his paintings and woodcuts were the subject of one man exhibitions in Paris and London. Note: An interesting point about Thorpe's woodcuts was that he not only created the art but printed and published each woodcut himself. They were then shipped and sold not only in Great Britain but in France and the United States.