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Title

The city from Waverton


Artist

Lloyd Rees

Australia

17 Mar 1895 - 02 Dec 1988


About

Lloyd Rees produced his first known etching, an interior of Brisbane Cathedral, in 1913 although no impressions have been found. He made two etchings in Sydney in 1922 encouraged by Hardy Wilson and Percy Leason, who were colleagues at the advertising agency Smith and Julius. Both prints were of architectural subjects and reveal the influence of American artist Joseph Pennell, whose drawings and etchings of buildings inspired Rees as a young man.

The copper etching plate for 'The city from Waverton' was found in the artist’s estate and was published by his son and daughter-inlaw in 1995, to mark the centenary of Rees’s birth – there are no
known lifetime impressions.

The posthumous edition was printed by Diana Davidson at the Whaling Road Studio, North Sydney. It is thought to have been etched at the same time Rees was sharing a flat above Cremorne Wharf with two Brisbane friends, Walter Taylor, an etcher, and Peter Templeton, in 1919–20. Wal Taylor had made an etching after a Rees drawing of 'South Brisbane Town Hall' and encouraged Rees to make his own etchings.
The subject of this print is Sydney from Waverton Park, looking across Berry’s Bay, where Rees lived in 1918 and 1920–22.


Details


Other Title

The city from Waverton, Sydney Harbour


Place where the work was made

Sydney New South Wales Australia


Dates

(circa 1919)
printed 1995


Media category

Print


Materials used

etching, black ink with plate tone on white Guarro paper


Edition

1/95


Dimensions

10.0 x 20.3 cm platemark; 28.2 x 33.4 cm sheet


Signature & date

Not signed. Not dated.


Credit

Purchased 1995


Location

Not on display


Accession number

168.1995


Artist information

Lloyd Rees

Works in the collection

558


Place

Where the work was made
Sydney

Shown in 2 exhibitions

Exhibition history


Referenced in 2 publications

Bibliography


Hendrik Kolenberg, Lloyd Rees: paintings, drawings and prints, ‘Introduction’, pp 11-26, Sydney, 2013, 23, 28 (illus.), 158. cat.no. 3

Anne Ryan, Australian etchings and engravings 1880s–1930s from the Gallery's collection, Sydney, 2007, 30, 30 (colour illus.). cat.no. 40