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An image of Sydney skyline from McMahons Point by Lloyd Rees

Lloyd Rees

(Australia 17 Mar 1895 – 02 Dec 1988)

Sydney skyline from McMahons Point
Other titles:
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; 64.8 x 58.5 x 3.0 cm frame

Signature & date
Signed and dated l.r. corner, "L REES/ 1932".
Purchased with assistance from the artist 1986
Accession number
© A & J Rees. Licensed by Viscopy, Sydney
Not on display
Further information

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

Bibliography (12)

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, Roseville, 2000, 66 (colour illus.).

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

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, 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

Elwyn Lynn, The Australian, 'When collectors looked, not listened', Surry Hills, 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

Exhibition history (7)

Sydney Harbour Bridge celebrations, Vickery's Galleries, Sydney, 21 Mar 1932–03 Apr 1932

Fine Australian paintings - Summer exhibition, Holland Fine Art, Double Bay, 01 Dec 1986–21 Dec 1986

Twentieth century Australian watercolours from the collection, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 05 Apr 1989–25 Jun 1989

Two hundred years of Australian painting : Nature, people and art in the southern continent:

Lloyd Rees Drawings (1995-96):

Australian watercolours 1880s to 1990s:

Australian icons: twenty artists from the collection, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 04 Aug 2000–03 Dec 2000