Sir Richard Francis Burton, "Vanity Fair" cartoon, 1885. After joining the British Foreign Office, Burton was appointed counsel in Fernando Po, Spanish West Africa from 1861-65. There he gathered the material for five books on African customs. Burton married Isabel Arundell (1831-1896) in 1861. She traveled with him and wrote his biography.
Burton served with the British Foreign Service in Damascus from 1869-71 and Trieste in 1872, where he made his family home. He explored the Gold Coast with Captain Cameron, 1881-82.
His skills as a translator are still respected: Burton translated theKama Sutrain 1883; thePerfumed Gardenin 1886. He was knighted in 1886; Burton died in Trieste in 1890.
George Atkinson, "Our Monshee" from "Curry and Rice on Forty Plates," (1859) thought to be a portrait of Sir Richard Francis Burton.