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Study for Government House, Brisbane c.1914

Study for Government House, Brisbane c.1914

Lloyd Rees | Study for Government House, Brisbane c.1914 | Pencil on paper | Proposed gift of Alan and Jan Rees through the Queensland Art Gallery Foundation | © Lloyd Rees, c.1914. Licensed by Viscopy, Sydney, 2011

An interesting insight is gained into how Rees schooled himself in drawing from notes written around the edges of this work: ‘Mould trees – they have planes and form as a human face – look for this rather than for leafiness and detail’.

‘Fernberg’ (Government House) was built by German-born Johann Christian Heussler in 1865. He was a founding member of the Queensland Club, Consul for the Netherlands and German Consul. It was leased as a temporary vice-regal residence in 1910, bought in 1912 by the Queensland Government, and is today the official residence of the Governor of Queensland.