Thursday, March 10, 2005

Richard F Burton's Grave in Mortlake

A photograph I took last year at Richard F Burton's Grave in Mortlake. I posted this as a test after installing Picasa and Hello on my portable. Click on the image for a larger version.

Burton is a hobby of mine. I paid for the restoration of his Letters from the battle-fields of Paraguay in the British Library in their Adopt-A-Book scheme. The grave is modeled on a Bedouin tent of the type in which he doubtless spent much of his time during his travels in Arabia. If you climb the ladder and the back, you can peer in at a window to see his coffin, along with that of his wife, and an array of artefacts like lamps and bells.

It is a strange monument to see in a Catholic church - Saint Mary Magdalene - in a suburb.

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