Lesbia Thorpe

Lesbia Thorpe was born on the 15th of March, 1919 in Elsternwick, Victoria. Across her diverse and fruitful life, Thorpe cemented a reputation as one of Australia’s foremost modernist printmakers. Her career began under Italian artist Dattilo Rubbo and in 1937 she was elected a member of the Painters-Etchers Society and in 1943, became a member of the Royal Art Society. After various stints in London, Thorpe was also granted membership into several other societies, including the Royal Graphic Art Society. In addition to this, she was a lecturer for the NGV, Bill Constable’s set designer and the recipient of many accolades. Today, she is fondly remembered as a gifted artist who gave life to Melbourne’s then burgeoning art scene.