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Study from the cast, Art School c.1915

Lloyd Rees, Study from the cast, Art School c.1915

Lloyd Rees | Study from the cast, Art School c.1915 | Pencil on paper | Proposed gift of Alan and Jan Rees through the Queensland Art Gallery Foundation | © Lloyd Rees, c.1915. Licensed by Viscopy, Sydney, 2011

In 1910, Rees was awarded a scholarship to Brisbane's Central Technical College. There he had his first formal art education, taught by R Godfrey Rivers, Martyn Roberts and LJ Harvey. Among his sketches from this period are drawings from casts – a common practice at the time – some of which appear to have been sketched from works now in the Queensland Art Gallery Collection (as with this sketch of the Borghese warrior, which came into the Gallery's Collection in 1912). The Gallery and the Central Technical College were within easy walking distance of each other and it would have been an obvious place for Rees to practice sketching while he studied, and later worked, in the city.