Sydney skyline from McMahons Point
17 Mar 1895 - 02 Dec 1988
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
Referenced in 12 publications
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.
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
Janet Hawley, Good weekend, 'Portrait of the artist as mentor', Broadway, 04 Mar 1995, 33 (colour illus.).
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.).
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, Look, 'The art of the Australian watercolour', Heidelberg, Apr 1989, 21 (colour illus.).
Elwyn Lynn, The Australian, 'When collectors looked, not listened', Sydney, 15 Oct 1985, (illus.). page number unknown
Joanna Mendelssohn, The Bulletin with Newsweek, 'Draughtsman's contract', Sydney, 09 May 1995, 84 (colour illus.).
Two hundred years of Australian painting: nature, people and art in the southern continent, Tokyo, 1992, 127 (colour illus.). cat.no. 76
Twentieth century Australian watercolours from the collection, Sydney, 1989. cat.no. 64
Australian watercolours 1880s to 1990s, Sydney, 1995, 49 (colour illus.), 118-119. cat.no. 38