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This is Lloyd Rees' first European sketchbook. It begins with a number of drawings in Singapore (en route to Europe by ship), the remainder are of France, Italy and Britain. It also has nine pages of written observations of paintings in public galleries and of the Folies Bergères, Paris.

Hendrik Kolenberg, 'Lloyd Rees in Europe', Art Gallery of New South Wales, 2002


Other Titles

Europe (sketchbook)

Sketchbook no. 2: Europe 1953



Media categories

Sketchbook , Drawing

Materials used

bound sketchbook: 84 leaves, 83 drawings, mixed media


10.1 x 15.8 cm leaf; 10.8 x 16.5 cm closed book

Signature & date

Not signed.
Dated l.l. on part c [page 5], pencil "... 2.1.53".
Dated l.l. on part e [page 9], pencil "... 2.1.53".
Dated l.l. on part i [page 17], pencil "... 18.1.53".
Dated l.l. on part r [page 35], pencil "... 10.2.53".
Dated l.l. on part v [page 43], pencil " ... 21.2.53".


Gift of Alan and Jan Rees 1995


Not on display

Accession number


Artist information

Lloyd Rees

Artist profile

Works in the collection



Where the work was made
England, Italy, France, Singapore

Shown in 3 exhibitions

Exhibition history

Referenced in 3 publications


Anne Gray and John Gage, Constable: impressions of land, sea and sky, Canberra, 2006, 338 (colour illus.). A39; pg. 79 from sketchbook: 'Willy Lott's cottage'

Hendrik Kolenberg, Lloyd Rees in Europe, 'Introduction', pg. 9-17, Sydney, 2002, 21 (colour illus., page no. 17), 22 (colour illus., page no. 13), 23 (colour illus., page no. 29), 24 (colour illus., page no. 2), 25 (colour illus., page no. 61), 26 (colour illus., page no. 133), 27 (colour illus., page no. 103), 28 (colour illus., page no. 141 & page no. 95), 29, 30 (colour illus., page no. 119), 31 (colour illus., page no. 123), 32, 33 (colour illus., page no. 135 & page no. 145), 34 (colour illus., page no. 139), 35 (colour illus., page no. 117), 36, 37 (colour illus., page no. 127 & page no. 131), 142, 143 (colour illus., front cover of book).

Jill Sykes, Look, 'Lloyd Rees in Europe: a great artist sketching for the future', pg. 16-19, Melbourne, Feb 2002, 18 (colour illus., page 139).