top of page

Taken from the 1876 edition of Men of Mark: A Gallery of Contemporary Portraits of Men Distinguished in the Senate, the Church, Science, Literature and Art, the Army, Navy, Law
Medicine Etc.
, this Woodburytype portrait of Captain Sir Richard Francis Burton (19 March 1821 – 20 October 1890) was accompanied by an 1876 biographical sketch which appears below. The biography follows Burton's life only up until about 1875 thus leaving out any information between that date and his death in late 1890.


Additionally, due to the 1876 date, the  Men of Mark biography also leaves out some interesting details of Burton's life that scandalized Victorian society including any mentions of his erotically charged translations of The Kama Sutra of Vatsyayana (1883) (popularly known as the Kama Sutra), The Book of the Thousand Nights and a Night (1885) (popularly known as The Arabian Nights), The Perfumed Garden of the Shaykh Nefzawi (1886) and The Supplemental Nights to the Thousand Nights and a Night (seventeen volumes 1886–98).

Mounted Woodburytype
Lock & Whitfield - Photographer
Originally published in the Men of Mark series by
Sampson Low, Marston, Searle, and Rivington

Fleet Street, London

Richard Francis Burton.png
Richard Francis Burton 2.png
bottom of page