Richard and Isabel Burton

Contributed by Mark De Novellis

Richard and Isabel Burton

Richard and Isabel Burton at the time of thier marriage, 1861, gouache, Burton Collection. This work commemorates the wedding of Richard and Isabel Burton. Explorer, diplomat, swordsman, scholar, poet, anthropologist - Burton is one of the most remarkable men of his age. A pioneer explorer of East Africa, he discovered Lake Tanganyika and took part in the search for thr source of the Nile. He was one of the first Westeners to visit the sacred cities of Mecca and Harar. Many works from the Burton Collection, including paintings, photograps and personal possessions are currently on display in the Orleans House Gallery exhibition Private Passions for Public Pleasure, which runs until 6 June 2010.

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