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Interior, St John's Cathedral c.1912–17

Interior, St John's Cathedral c.1912–17

Lloyd Rees | Interior, St John's Cathedral c.1912–17 | Pencil on paper | Gift of Alan and Jan Rees through the Queensland Art Gallery Foundation 1998 | Collection: Queensland Art Gallery | © Lloyd Rees, c.1912. Licensed by Viscopy, Sydney, 2011

Rees was a keen observer of the construction of St John’s Cathedral in Ann Street in his youth, which ignited a lifelong love of church architecture, as well as the view that cathedrals are ‘symbolical of human aspiration’. The soaring arched interior spaces of St John's reveal his great skill in rendering architectural forms and space. In his 1985 autobiography, Peaks and Valleys, the artist commented on St John’s: ‘Each time I entered it, I felt an exultation, for it is an enclosed space of such grandeur as to appear far larger inside than out’.