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Title

The city from Waverton

circa 1919
printed 1995

Artist

Lloyd Rees

Australia

17 Mar 1895 – 02 Dec 1988

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  • Details

    Dates
    circa 1919
    printed 1995
    Media category
    Print
    Materials used
    etching, black ink on chiné collé on white wove paper
    Edition
    proof
    Dimensions
    10.0 x 20.3 cm platemark; 28.3 x 33.5 cm sheet
    Signature & date

    Not signed. Not dated.

    Credit
    Gift of Alan and Jancis Rees 2000
    Location
    Not on display
    Accession number
    181.2000
    Copyright
    © A&J Rees. Licensed by Copyright Agency

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    Lloyd Rees produced his first known etching, an interior of Brisbane Cathedral, in 1913 although no impressions have been found. He made two etchings in Sydney in 1922 encouraged by Hardy Wilson and Percy Leason, who were colleagues at the advertising agency Smith and Julius. Both prints were of architectural subjects and reveal the influence of American artist Joseph Pennell, whose drawings and etchings of buildings inspired Rees as a young man.

    The copper etching plate for The city from Waverton was found in the artist’s estate and was published by his son and daughter-inlaw in 1995, to mark the centenary of Rees’s birth – there are no
    known lifetime impressions.

    The posthumous edition was printed by Diana Davidson at the Whaling Road Studio, North Sydney. It is thought to have been etched at the same time Rees was sharing a flat above Cremorne Wharf with two Brisbane friends, Walter Taylor, an etcher, and Peter Templeton, in 1919–20. Wal Taylor had made an etching after a Rees drawing of South Brisbane Town Hall and encouraged Rees to make his own etchings.
    The subject of this print is Sydney from Waverton Park, looking across Berry’s Bay, where Rees lived in 1918 and 1920–22.

    from Anne Ryan, 'Australian etchings and engravings 1880s–1930s from the Gallery's collection', AGNSW, Sydney 2007

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