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Basil Burdett reading

circa 1920s


Adelaide Perry


23 Jun 1891 – 19 Nov 1973

  • Details

    circa 1920s
    Media category
    Materials used
    pencil on paper
    26.8 x 37.2 cm sheet
    Signature & date

    Not signed. Not dated.

    Thea Proctor Memorial Fund 2003
    Not on display
    Accession number
    © Adelaide Perry Estate

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    Artist information
    Adelaide Perry

    Works in the collection


  • About

    Basil Burdett (1897-1942) established the New Art Salon in Sydney (which became the Grosvenor Gallery) in 1921 and, with John Young, the Macquarie Galleries, in 1925. He was influential as a dealer in Sydney and later as art and drama critic for the Melbourne Herald (1931-1940), where he was an outspoken supporter of the modern movement. He is probably best remembered as the organizer of the Herald-backed 'Exhibition of French and British Contemporary Art', which toured to Australia in 1939 and proved to be a defining moment in the exhibition of modern art in Australia.

    This portrait was formerly in the collection of Lloyd Rees, who was a good friend of Burdett.

    © Australian Art Department, Art Gallery of New South Wales, 2003

  • Exhibition history

    Shown in 1 exhibition

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