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SIGNED WITH INITIALS AND DATED 1935
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PROVENANCE: THE ESTATE OF RANDOLPH SCHWABE
EXHIBITED: 'RANDOLPH SCHWABE. ARTIST, TEACHER, DIARIST', 9-27 FEBRUARY 2016
Born in Queensland, Australia, Basil Burdett (1897-1942) worked as a journalist on the Brisbane Daily Mail and dealt in art, establishing the Macquarie Galleries, with John Young, in Sydney, in 1925. Becoming art critic of the Melbourne Herald in 1936, he developed a reputation as a distinctive critical voice through the late 1930s and, often travelling in Europe, tried to make the Australian art scene less parochial. In 1941, he joined the Australian Red Cross Field Force, but a year later was killed when the plane in which he was travelling crashed at Sourabaya, Java.