'City skyline' and 'Sydney Harbour' were made at the end of a period that Rees had devoted almost exclusively to drawing. 'City skyline' was painted from the veranda of Rees' home in Northwood, on Sydney's North Shore, where the family had moved the previous year. 'Sydney Harbour' could almost be read as a panoramic continuation of 'City skyline' and was most likely painted at nearby Northwood Bay.
City skyline, early morning
The City Skyline, Early Morning
oil on canvas on cardboard
23.7 x 52.0 cm board; 31.3 x 60.0 x 3.0 cm frame
Signature & date
Signed and dated l.r. corner, red/brown oil "L. REES/ 35".
© A & J Rees. Licensed by Viscopy, Sydney
Where the work was made
Shown in 5 exhibitions
Exhibition of paintings and drawings by Lloyd Rees (1936), Macquarie Galleries, Sydney, 14 Oct 1936 -
Lloyd Rees (1942), Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 01 Aug 1942–30 Aug 1942
Australian and European paintings, drawings and prints, part 1, Christie's, Australia Pty. Ltd., South Yarra, 29 Apr 1997 -
Metropolis, Museum of Sydney, Sydney, 18 Dec 1999–02 Apr 2000
Australian icons: twenty artists from the collection, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 04 Aug 2000–03 Dec 2000
Referenced in 9 publications
Art Gallery of New South Wales, (Lloyd Rees), ‘List of works-oil paintings.’, pp 7-11, Sydney, 1942, 7. cat.no. 6
Christie's, Australia Pty. Ltd. (Editor), Australian and European paintings, drawings and prints, part 1, 'Australian paintings lots 1-152’, pp 1-121, Melbourne, Apr 1997, 51 (colour illus.). titled 'City Skyline'; lot no. 62; estimated price $35,000-45,000
Peter Emmett, Metropolis, Glebe, 1999. Exhibition guide, brochure format
Peter Emmett, Sydney: metropolis, suburb, harbour, 'Metropolis of geology, geometry and light', pp 13-70, Glebe, 2000, 44 (colour illus.).
Renée Free, Lloyd Rees, ‘Catalogue’, pp 109-125, Melbourne, 1972, 110. titled 'City Skyline'; cat.no. O43
Hendrik Kolenberg, Lloyd Rees: paintings, drawings and prints, ‘Introduction’, pp 11-26, Sydney, 2013, 13, 29 (colour illus.), 158. cat.no. 4
Hendrik Kolenberg, Look, ‘Celebrating Lloyd Rees: a book and show on the Gallery’s collection of his work’, pg. 21-23, Sydney, Mar 2013, 21 (colour illus.).
Macquarie Galleries (Editor), Exhibition of paintings & drawings by LLoyd Rees, 'Catalogue', Sydney, Oct 1936, n.pag.. titled ‘The City Skyline, Early Morning’; cat.no. 12; priced 12 guineas
Leon Paroissien and Dinah Dysart (Editors), Art and Australia (Vol. 29, No. 4), Sydney, Winter 1992, back page (colour illus.). titled 'Sydney Skyline'; Artarmon Gallery advertisement.