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Sir Richard Burton dressed for fencing

Oil Painting
ca. 1883 (painted)
Place Of Origin

Full length portrait of the explorer Sir Richard Burton dressed for fencing and holding a foil.

object details
Object Type
Materials and Techniques
Oil on panel
Brief Description
Oil painting, 'Sir Richard Burton Dressed for Fencing', Albert Letchford, about 1883
Physical Description
Full length portrait of the explorer Sir Richard Burton dressed for fencing and holding a foil.
  • Height: 35cm
  • Width: 26.8cm
Marks and Inscriptions
Credit line
Purchased with the assistance of the National Heritage Memorial Fund, Art Fund, Shell International and the Friends of the V&A
Object history
According to Rodney Searight: - `The picture came from the collection of Mr R.R. Joly, of

Salisbury, who was a nephew of the artist, Albert Letchford. [...]Bt. Haslie, Dec.1971 (ex Woolley & Wallis Sale of Sept 16-17 1971) £30 '.
Historical context
Another, larger version of the same subject, titled Capt. Sir Richard F. Burton KCMG FRGS maitre d'armes France 15th December 1852 and dated Trieste 1883 is at the Orleans House Gallery, Twickenham, where there is further material relating to Letchford and the Burtons. SD.577 may be a study for the Orleans House Gallery version (No.554).

For further information on the artist, see Penzer, Appendix C, pp.325-328. See also Burton, Sir Richard Francis (SD.191-SD.192).
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record createdApril 23, 2007
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