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Author: Martin Edmond

ISBN: 9781921037269
Format: Paperback
Number Of Pages: 224
Published: 1 March 2009
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 23.0 x 15.3 x 1.8
The Burke and Wills expedition of 1860 was one of the best equipped expeditions of the Victorian era but it was doomed to a terrible fate. Much has been written about the leaders of this expedition but what do we know of other members of the party? In THE SUPPLY PARTY author Martin Edmond takes the reader on a physical trek and intellectual quest across outback Australia to unravel the life and search for the grave of Ludwig Becker; the official artist and naturalist on the Burke and Wills expedition. At 52 Becker was the oldest member of the Burke and Wills party. Born in Germany, he'd already lived an extraordinary life before joining the ill-fated explorers. He had illustrated books for zoologist Johann Jakob Kaup; learned lithography from Peter Vogel; was court painter for the Archduke Ludwig III of Hesse-Darmstadt; and, controversially, a member of the radical political group Gesellschaft fur Menschenrechte (Society for Human Rights). A collector and a dilettante, Becker at various times owned a first edition of Luther's speeches (1556), original artworks by Rembrandt, Raphael, Cranach and van Dyck and the death mask of Shakespeare. Far from the parlours of Europe's intelligents...

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