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.


Rachel said...

Hi Nick

Saw your post about Sir Richard Burton, and just thought I'd let you know that I'm holding a tea party at his tomb on Monday (20th Oct) from 4.30pm. Sir Richard's wife Isabel used to have a tea party at his tomb each year to mark the anniversary of his death. I thought it was time for a revival of the tradition. Anyway, if you can make it, bring a flask of tea and a cupcake if you can!

I've invited Richard Burton fans in Barnes but do invite any Burton fans you know.

Best wishes,


Nick Browne said...

I would have loved to come along and raise a glass to the great man, but I'm booked elsewhere next Monday.

Maybe next year.