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An image of The city from Waverton by Lloyd Rees

Lloyd Rees

(Australia 17 Mar 1895 – 02 Dec 1988)

Title
The city from Waverton
Year
circa 1919
printed 1990
Media category
Print
Materials used
etching, black ink on ivory wove paper
Edition
proof
Dimensions

10.2 x 20.2 cm platemark; 29.9 x 38.0 cm sheet

Signature & date
Not signed. Not dated.
Credit
Gift of Alan and Jancis Rees 2000
Accession number
179.2000
Copyright
© A&J Rees. Licensed by Viscopy, Australia
Location
Not on display
Further information

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.

from Anne Ryan, 'Australian etchings and engravings 1880s–1930s from the Gallery's collection', AGNSW, Sydney 2007

Bibliography (1)

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