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
Sydney skyline from McMahon's Point
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
© A & J Rees. Licensed by Viscopy, Sydney
Shown in 7 exhibitions
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):
- Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney 09 Mar 1995–14 May 1995
- Bathurst Regional Art Gallery, Bathurst 09 Jun 1995–16 Jul 1995
- Art Gallery of Ballarat, Ballarat 01 Sep 1995–15 Oct 1995
- Queensland Art Gallery, South Brisbane 04 Nov 1995–01 Jan 1996
- Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery, Launceston, Launceston 24 Jan 1996–11 Mar 1996
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
Referenced in 12 publications
Elwyn Lynn, The Australian, 'When collectors looked, not listened', Sydney, 15 Oct 1985, (illus.). page number unknown
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
Hendrik Kolenberg, Look, 'The art of the Australian watercolour', Heidelberg, Apr 1989, 21 (colour illus.).
Hendrik Kolenberg, Twentieth century Australian watercolours from the collection, Sydney, 1989. cat.no. 64
Barry Pearce and Haruo Arikawa, Two hundred years of Australian painting: nature, people and art in the southern continent, Tokyo, 1992, 127 (colour illus.). cat.no. 76
Janet Hawley, Good weekend, 'Portrait of the artist as mentor', Broadway, 04 Mar 1995, 33 (colour illus.).
Joanna Mendelssohn, The Bulletin with Newsweek, 'Draughtsman's contract', Sydney, 09 May 1995, 84 (colour illus.).
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). cat.no. 40
Hendrik Kolenberg, Australian watercolours 1880s to 1990s, Sydney, 1995, 49 (colour illus.), 118-119. cat.no. 38
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.).
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.