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
pencil on paper
26.8 x 37.2 cm sheet
Signature & date
Not signed. Not dated.
Thea Proctor Memorial Fund 2003
Not on display
© Adelaide Perry Estate
Shown in 1 exhibition
Modern Australian paintings, Bridget McDonnell Gallery, Carlton, 11 Jul 2003–31 Jul 2003