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The Bridge, South Coast landscape



Lloyd Rees


17 Mar 1895 - 02 Dec 1988


For Lloyd Rees, drawing was absolutely fundamental and remained so throughout his long and productive creative life; few other Australian artists have practised drawing more passionately or scrupulously. Indeed, when 'The bridge, South Coast landscape' was made in 1936, Rees was still immersed in a period where he focussed on drawing to the exclusion of all other media and established for himself a considerable reputation as a draughtsman of note. The drawing won Rees a Silver Medal at the Paris International Exhibition in 1937 and is undoubtedly one of his finest drawings.


Place where the work was made

New South Wales Australia



Media category


Materials used

pencil, pen and black ink, wash on cream wove paper


35.7 x 49.3 cm sheet (irreg.)

Signature & date

Signed and dated l.r., pencil "L REES/ 1936".


Purchased 1938


Not on display

Accession number


Artist information

Lloyd Rees

Artist profile

Works in the collection



Where the work was made
New South Wales

Shown in 10 exhibitions

Exhibition history

Referenced in 9 publications


Christopher Allen, The Weekend Australian, 'Tangible Life Forms', pg. 12-13, Sydney, 01 Jun 2013-02 Jun 2013, 13.

Art Gallery of New South Wales, Lloyd Rees Retrospective, 'Catalogue: drawings', pp 32-35, Sydney, 1969, 34. 140

Art Gallery of New South Wales, (Lloyd Rees), ‘Foreword’, pp 2-3, Sydney, 1942, 2 (illus.), 6, 13. 13

Lou Klepac (Editor), Rees - Whiteley, On the Road to Berry, ‘The catalogue’, pp 14-20, Melbourne, 1993, 14. 13

Hendrik Kolenberg, Australian drawings from the Gallery's collection, Sydney, 1997, 55 (illus.). 44

Hendrik Kolenberg, Lloyd Rees Drawings - Centenary Retrospective, 'Introduction', pp 7-19, Sydney, 1995, 16, 63 (illus.). 64

Renee Renée, Lloyd Rees, ‘Sydney: 1917-42’, pp 23-50, Melbourne, 1972, 47 (illus.), 122. D192

Daniel Thomas, Art and Australia, 'Australian collection', pp 52-62, Sydney, Jul 1972, 55 (illus.).

Roland Wakelin, Art Gallery of New South Wales Quarterly, 'The artistic development of Lloyd Rees', pp 490-492, Sydney, Oct 1969, 497 (illus.). 'Lloyd Rees special number'