John Hall Thorpe
(1874 Victoria - 1947 London)
Australian - English woodblock printer and painter
Finally, at last. Against the odds and better judgement. My first John Hall Thorpe. Probably the one and only. But the finest of his flowerprints I think. To own a fine print by one of the very "big" artists is great. This time not an investigation or reflection on his life or on his art. That's not for me. Has been done, the man has been world famous for almost a century. Controversial opinions too. Degraded as calender art by one, declared saint, overrated and overpriced by others. These Marigolds, in its original 1920's frame and perfect conservation and colors was offered nearby and what was more important: at an affordable price. Couldn't resist. No matter what others think I think it's marvellous.
I could not find an oversight of all (?) of his flowerprints on the www. So I build my privat collection of pictures. Woodblock-print pictures from artdealers, museum and auctionhouse cataloques. Sofar I found 17 in all. And two published prints from paintings by JHT.
Here they are, for my own recollection and for all to enjoy. Please send me others (or better ones) if they exist, and please send me the missing titles if you happen to know them.
L: Cowslips. R: Crocusus and snowdrops.
L: Panzies. R: Primroses.
L: Forget-me-nots. R: Pinks.
L: Unknown title. R: Unknown title.
L: Pick of the Garden. R: Wild Flower Bunch
Flowers and Fruit
L: the Chinese vase. R: Summer Bunch
Also have I found these 2 published prints very similar to the woodblock designs. "From paintings by John Hall Thorpe".
L: "spring begins", R: "from the woods"
PS: Thank you Clive your expert opinion and discussions on your great Blog. It helped me very much.
September 20th 2010 I've added this flower print .
Note july 2011: as this posting is the most read on the Linosaurus I inform readers there has been updates and additions on JHT prints. For further reading and information: