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Quai des Grands Augustins from our window, Paris



Lloyd Rees


17 Mar 1895 - 02 Dec 1988


In 1966-67, Lloyd and Marjory Rees visited Europe for the third time. In October 1966 and again in March 1967, Rees was in Paris, and this and two other small drawings [also in the Gallery's collection] are from a sketchbook used during the trip, which was one of his most rewarding experiences of the city. On earlier visits in 1923 and 1953, he had felt the experience of the First and Second World Wars had cast a blight over the city. But, in 1966, he found 'confirmation of my early idealism. Great areas are now the gleaming city I imagined it to be... All over the city buildings are being restored even in narrow bye [sic] streets.'
(Rees letter to Alan and Jan Rees, 31 October 1966, Rees family collection)

The pleasures of this visit is reflected in the concentrated clarity of theses sketches, which depict a pale grey day, shiny as polished pewter. The artist's palette of soft colours suggests that the season is autumn or
winter, and an atmosphere of misty light surrounds the solid inked-in shapes of bulidings, boats and bridges and dissolves the masses of foliage in the avenues of trees.

excerpt from exhibition catalogue, 'Lloyd Rees: Coming home', Rockhampton Regional Art Gallery, 2000


Other Title

Paris II

Place where the work was made

Paris France



Media category


Materials used

pen and black ink, carbon pencil, watercolour on ivory wove paper


11.3 x 20.3 cm sheet

Signature & date

Not signed. Not dated.


Gift of Alan and Jancis Rees 2002


Not on display

Accession number


Artist information

Lloyd Rees

Artist profile

Works in the collection



Where the work was made

Shown in 4 exhibitions

Exhibition history

Referenced in 4 publications


Lou Klepac, Lloyd Rees drawings, Sydney, 1978, 56 (illus.). 46

Hendrik Kolenberg and Edmund Capon AM, OBE, Lloyd Rees Drawings - Centenary Retrospective, Sydney, 1995, 77 (illus.). 84; titled 'Paris II'

Alan Rees, Jancis Rees and Sue Smith, Lloyd Rees coming home, Rockhampton, 1999, 38 (illus.). 19

Jill Sykes (Editor), Look, Sydney, Oct 2004, 50 (colour illus.).