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The city skyline



Lloyd Rees


17 Mar 1895 - 02 Dec 1988


'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.


Other Titles

City skyline, early morning

City Skyline

The City Skyline, Early Morning

Sydney Skyline

Place where the work was made

Northwood Sydney New South Wales Australia



Media category


Materials used

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".


Purchased 1997


Not on display

Accession number


Artist information

Lloyd Rees

Artist profile

Works in the collection



Where the work was made

Shown in 6 exhibitions

Exhibition history

Referenced in 9 publications


Art Gallery of New South Wales, (Lloyd Rees), ‘List of works-oil paintings.’, pp 7-11, Sydney, 1942, 7. 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, Sydney: metropolis, suburb, harbour, 'Metropolis of geology, geometry and light', pp 13-70, Glebe, 2000, 44 (colour illus.).

Peter Emmett, Metropolis, Glebe, 1999. Exhibition guide, brochure format

Renée Free, Lloyd Rees, ‘Catalogue’, pp 109-125, Melbourne, 1972, 110. titled 'City Skyline'; O43

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.).

Hendrik Kolenberg, Lloyd Rees: paintings, drawings and prints, ‘Introduction’, pp 11-26, Sydney, 2013, 13, 29 (colour illus.), 158. 4

Macquarie Galleries (Editor), Exhibition of paintings & drawings by LLoyd Rees, 'Catalogue', Sydney, Oct 1936, n.pag.. titled ‘The City Skyline, Early Morning’; 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.