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Sydney skyline from McMahons Point



Lloyd Rees


17 Mar 1895 - 02 Dec 1988


Sydney Harbour preoccupied Lloyd Rees as a subject in the 1930s, and he made many drawings of its environs. 'Sydney skyline from McMahon's Point' is a delicate and rare contrast to some of his more intensely worked and detailed pencil drawings, with gentle washes of watercolour. Unlike other artists of the time, Rees ignored the development of the Sydney Harbour Bridge, a major engineering project of the day, preferring to concentrate on distant views of the city and the trees and rock formations that skirted the harbour foreshores.

Australian Art Department, AGNSW, 2000


Other Title

Sydney skyline from McMahon's Point



Media category


Materials used

pencil, watercolour on white watercolour paper


27.2 x 33.5 cm sheet; 54.8 x 50.5 cm mount size; 57.3 x 61.4 x 3.8 cm frame

Signature & date

Signed and dated l.r. corner, "L REES/ 1932".


Purchased with assistance from the artist 1986


Not on display

Accession number


Artist information

Lloyd Rees

Works in the collection


Shown in 7 exhibitions

Exhibition history

Referenced in 12 publications


Helen Campbell, Australian art: in the Art Gallery of New South Wales, 'Out of Sydney: city and hinterlands', pp 185-186, Sydney, 2000, 196 (colour illus.), 301.

Renée Free, Lloyd Rees: an artist remembers, ‘The drawing period, 1930-36’, pp 27-30, Sydney, 1987, 28 (colour illus.), 29, 152. plate no. 6

Janet Hawley, Good weekend, 'Portrait of the artist as mentor', Broadway, 04 Mar 1995, 33 (colour illus.).

Bruce James, Art Gallery of New South Wales handbook, 'Australian collection: works on paper', pp 182-197, Sydney, 1999, 194 (colour illus.).

Lou Klepac, Australian painters of the twentieth century, 'Lloyd Rees', pp 64-75, Sydney, 2000, 66 (colour illus.).

Hendrik Kolenberg, Look, 'The art of the Australian watercolour', Heidelberg, Apr 1989, 21 (colour illus.).

Hendrik Kolenberg, Australian watercolours 1880s to 1990s, Sydney, 1995, 49 (colour illus.), 118-119. 38

Hendrik Kolenberg, Lloyd Rees Drawings - Centenary Retrospective, 'The thirties', pp 43-64, Sydney, 1995, front cover (colour illus., detail), 6 (colour illus.), 48, 49 (illus.), back cover (colour illus., detail). 40

Hendrik Kolenberg, Twentieth century Australian watercolours from the collection, Sydney, 1989. 64

Elwyn Lynn, The Australian, 'When collectors looked, not listened', Sydney, 15 Oct 1985, (illus.). page number unknown

Joanna Mendelssohn, The Bulletin with Newsweek, 'Draughtsman's contract', Sydney, 09 May 1995, 84 (colour illus.).

Barry Pearce and Haruo Arikawa, Two hundred years of Australian painting: nature, people and art in the southern continent, Tokyo, 1992, 127 (colour illus.). 76