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Richard Burton Collection

Richard Burton was a man of many talents and passions

Background imageRichard Burton Collection: Poster for Richard Burton Season at BFI Southbank (1 - 31 August 2009)

Poster for Richard Burton Season at BFI Southbank (1 - 31 August 2009)
RICHARD BURTON The Spy Who Came in from the Cold

Background imageRichard Burton Collection: Sir Richard Burton in India, 1800s

Sir Richard Burton in India, 1800s
British explorer Richard Burton in native Indian dress, 1848. Hand-colored half tone reproduction of a 19th-century illustration

Background imageRichard Burton Collection: Sir Richard Burton as a young man

Sir Richard Burton as a young man
Richard Burton at the time of his wedding. Hand-colored halftone reproduction of a 19th-century illustration

Background imageRichard Burton Collection: Actor Richard Burton pictured in a London pub during the filming of '

Actor Richard Burton pictured in a London pub during the filming of " The Spy who came in from the cold". May 1965

Background imageRichard Burton Collection: Richard Burton and Andrea Lea in a scene from The Last Days of Dolwyn (1949)

Richard Burton and Andrea Lea in a scene from The Last Days of Dolwyn (1949)
Richard Burton as Gareth and Andrea Lea as Margaret in Emlyn Williams The Last Days of Dolwyn produced in 1949

Background imageRichard Burton Collection: Sir Richard Burton en route to Mecca, 1850s

Sir Richard Burton en route to Mecca, 1850s
British explorer Richard Burton disguised as a Muslim pilgrim in Arabia. Color lithograph reproduction of a 19th-century illustration

Background imageRichard Burton Collection: British explorer Sir Richard Burton on his deathbed, Trieste, 1890 (b / w photo)

British explorer Sir Richard Burton on his deathbed, Trieste, 1890 (b / w photo)
3626747 British explorer Sir Richard Burton on his deathbed, Trieste, 1890 (b/w photo) by English Photographer, (19th century); Private Collection; (add.info)

Background imageRichard Burton Collection: James Hunt, and his ex wife Susie Hunt. Susie has left James

James Hunt, and his ex wife Susie Hunt. Susie has left James, for the love of Richard Burton. Susie and Richard are now a couple, but remain friends with James Hunt

Background imageRichard Burton Collection: Elizabeth Taylor 40th Birthday Party, held at the International Hotel, Budapest, Hungary

Elizabeth Taylor 40th Birthday Party, held at the International Hotel, Budapest, Hungary, Sunday 27th February 1972. Guests include Princess Grace of Monaco

Background imageRichard Burton Collection: The Late Sir Richard Burton, K.C.M.G. 1821-1890. British Consul at Triest, 1890. Creator: Unknown

The Late Sir Richard Burton, K.C.M.G. 1821-1890. British Consul at Triest, 1890. Creator: Unknown
The Late Sir Richard Burton, K.C.M.G. 1821-1890. British Consul at Triest, 1890. From "The Graphic. An Illustrated Weekly Newspaper", Volume 42. July to December, 1890

Background imageRichard Burton Collection: Actor Richard Burton, enjoying a moment of reflection in a London pub while shooting

Actor Richard Burton, enjoying a moment of reflection in a London pub while shooting the film " The Spy who came in from the cold". May 1965

Background imageRichard Burton Collection: Richard Burton and Sophia Loren pictured at Brockenhurst Railway station where they are

Richard Burton and Sophia Loren pictured at Brockenhurst Railway station where they are filming ATVs brief encounter. 29th July 1974

Background imageRichard Burton Collection: Richard Burton filming Brighton, Sussex. The film is called Villain

Richard Burton filming Brighton, Sussex. The film is called Villain. Richard Burton co-stars with Ian McShane T. P. McKenna Donald Sinden Nigel Davenport Richard Burton spent today on Brighton Pier

Background imageRichard Burton Collection: 'Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burtons marriage'

"Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burtons marriage"
" Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burtons marriage" The Vatican condemned Burton and Taylors affair, which began when both were married to others

Background imageRichard Burton Collection: Punch cartoon: Richard Burton, English explorer, geographer and diplomat (engraving)

Punch cartoon: Richard Burton, English explorer, geographer and diplomat (engraving)
6034906 Punch cartoon: Richard Burton, English explorer, geographer and diplomat (engraving) by Sambourne, Edward Linley (1844-1910) (after); Private Collection; (add.info.: Punch cartoon)

Background imageRichard Burton Collection: Interior of Sir Richard Burtons Bedroom, 1889 (oil on canvas)

Interior of Sir Richard Burtons Bedroom, 1889 (oil on canvas)
3089800 Interior of Sir Richard Burtons Bedroom, 1889 (oil on canvas) by Letchford, Albert (fl.1889); 20x25.5 cm; Orleans House Gallery, Twickenham, UK; eOrleans House Gallery; British

Background imageRichard Burton Collection: Sinbad (w / c on paper)

Sinbad (w / c on paper)
RWS137233 Sinbad (w/c on paper) by Brewtnall, Edward Frederick (1846-1902); Trustees of the Royal Watercolour Society, London, UK; eRoyal Watercolour Society; English, out of copyright

Background imageRichard Burton Collection: Captain Burton (etching)

Captain Burton (etching)
812841 Captain Burton (etching) by Waltner, Charles Albert (1846-1925); Private Collection; (add.info.: Captain Burton. British explorer.); Look and Learn / Elgar Collection

Background imageRichard Burton Collection: Sir Richard Burtons Smoking Room, 1889 (oil on panel)

Sir Richard Burtons Smoking Room, 1889 (oil on panel)
3089792 Sir Richard Burtons Smoking Room, 1889 (oil on panel) by Letchford, Albert (fl.1889); 35x25.5 cm; Orleans House Gallery, Twickenham, UK; eOrleans House Gallery; British, out of copyright

Background imageRichard Burton Collection: Corner of Sir Richard Burtons Study, 1889 (oil on panel)

Corner of Sir Richard Burtons Study, 1889 (oil on panel)
3089789 Corner of Sir Richard Burtons Study, 1889 (oil on panel) by Letchford, Albert (fl.1889); 23.3x32.5 cm; Orleans House Gallery, Twickenham, UK; eOrleans House Gallery; British, out of copyright

Background imageRichard Burton Collection: Sir Richard Burton in his Study, 1889 (oil on canvas)

Sir Richard Burton in his Study, 1889 (oil on canvas)
3089794 Sir Richard Burton in his Study, 1889 (oil on canvas) by Letchford, Albert (fl.1889); 37x26 cm; Orleans House Gallery, Twickenham

Background imageRichard Burton Collection: View of Sir Richard and Lady Burtons house in Damascus, 1873 (oil on canvas)

View of Sir Richard and Lady Burtons house in Damascus, 1873 (oil on canvas)
3089778 View of Sir Richard and Lady Burtons house in Damascus, 1873 (oil on canvas) by Leighton, Frederic (1830-96); 20x23 cm; Orleans House Gallery, Twickenham, UK; eOrleans House Gallery; English

Background imageRichard Burton Collection: Corner of Sir Richard Burtons Study, 1889 (oil on canvas)

Corner of Sir Richard Burtons Study, 1889 (oil on canvas)
3089793 Corner of Sir Richard Burtons Study, 1889 (oil on canvas) by Letchford, Albert (fl.1889); 32x23 cm; Orleans House Gallery, Twickenham, UK; eOrleans House Gallery; British, out of copyright

Background imageRichard Burton Collection: Liz Taylor introduces her husband at a charity show in Paris on the day she became a

Liz Taylor introduces her husband at a charity show in Paris on the day she became a grandmother in 1969 - 02/12/2004

Background imageRichard Burton Collection: Actor Richard Burton pictured in London during the filming of '

Actor Richard Burton pictured in London during the filming of " The Spy who came in from the cold". May 1965

Background imageRichard Burton Collection: Richard Burton filming Brighton, Sussex. The film is called Villain

Richard Burton filming Brighton, Sussex. The film is called Villain. Richard Burton co-stars with Ian McShane T. P. McKenna Donald Sinden Nigel Davenport Richard Burton spent today sitting

Background imageRichard Burton Collection: Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor speaking at The Oxford University Dramatic Society

Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor speaking at The Oxford University Dramatic Society. Oxford, England, 8th February 1966 In early 1966

Background imageRichard Burton Collection: Elizabeth Taylor on the set where Richard Burton is filming a poetry programme for

Elizabeth Taylor on the set where Richard Burton is filming a poetry programme for broadcast on St Davids Day. Picture taken 24th February 1963 At the time this picture was taken

Background imageRichard Burton Collection: Elizabeth Taylor with Richard Burton at The Royal Premiere of 'The Staircase'

Elizabeth Taylor with Richard Burton at The Royal Premiere of "The Staircase"
Elizabeth Taylor with Richard Burton at The Royal Premiere of " The Staircase" at the Carlton Theatre. 22nd October 1969

Background imageRichard Burton Collection: If Thou Wilt Listen To Advice... 1928. Creator: M Watson-Williams

If Thou Wilt Listen To Advice... 1928. Creator: M Watson-Williams
" If Thou Wilt Listen To Advice...". 1928. Illustration originally published in " Tales from the Gulistan" [or Rose Garden of the Sheik Sa di of Shiraz] by Sir Richard Burton

Background imageRichard Burton Collection: Richard Burton in a scene from The Last Days of Dolwyn (1949)

Richard Burton in a scene from The Last Days of Dolwyn (1949)
Richard Burton as Gareth in a kitchen scene from Wales based film The Last Days of Dolwyn

Background imageRichard Burton Collection: Richard Burton in an interiors scene from The Last Days of Dolwyn (1949)

Richard Burton in an interiors scene from The Last Days of Dolwyn (1949)
Richard Burton as Gareth in the shop where his fictional character works in the film The Last Days of Dolwyn (1949)

Background imageRichard Burton Collection: Dame Edith Evans and Richard Burton in The Last Days of Dolwyn (1949)

Dame Edith Evans and Richard Burton in The Last Days of Dolwyn (1949)
Edith Evans as Merri and Richard Burton as Gareth in a scene from The Last Days of Dolwyn (1949)

Background imageRichard Burton Collection: Sir Richard Burton exploring central Africa, 1850s

Sir Richard Burton exploring central Africa, 1850s
English explorer Richard Burtons march towards central Africa, 1850s. Hand-colored woodcut of a 19th-century illustration

Background imageRichard Burton Collection: Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton on the set where Richard is filming a poetry

Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton on the set where Richard is filming a poetry programme for broadcast on St Davids Day

Background imageRichard Burton Collection: Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton on the television set where Richard is filming a

Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton on the television set where Richard is filming a poetry programme for broadcast on St Davids Day

Background imageRichard Burton Collection: Syrian home of explorer Richard Burton

Syrian home of explorer Richard Burton
Home of Sir Richard Burton and his wife in Salahiyeh, Syria, 1800s. Hand-colored halftone reproduction of a 19th-century illustration

Background imageRichard Burton Collection: Sir Richard Burtons journey to Mecca, 1850s

Sir Richard Burtons journey to Mecca, 1850s
Explorer Richard Burtons desert camp in Arabia during his journey to Mecca, 1850s. Color lithograph

Background imageRichard Burton Collection: Isabel Burton as a young woman

Isabel Burton as a young woman
Isabel Arundell Burton at the time of her wedding to explorer Richard Burton. Hand-colored halftone reproduction of a 19th-century illustration

Background imageRichard Burton Collection: Sir Richard Burton

Sir Richard Burton
Explorer Richard Burton in 1879. Hand-colored photogravure reproduction of a 19th-century painting

Background imageRichard Burton Collection: Sir Richard Burton exploring Lake Tanganika, 1858

Sir Richard Burton exploring Lake Tanganika, 1858
Sir Richard Burton exploring Lake Tanganika, east Africa, 1858. Hand-colored woodcut of a 19th-century illustration

Background imageRichard Burton Collection: Personal Narrative of a Pilgrimage to El-Medinah and Meccah by Richard Burton, 1855

Personal Narrative of a Pilgrimage to El-Medinah and Meccah by Richard Burton, 1855
Frontispiece to Personal Narrative of a Pilgrimage to El-Medinah and Meccah by Richard Burton, 1855. Richard Francis Burtons (1821-1890) extensive travels included a journey to Mecca

Background imageRichard Burton Collection: Sir Richard Francis Burton, British explorer, late 19th century

Sir Richard Francis Burton, British explorer, late 19th century. Burtons (1821-1890) extensive travels included a journey to Mecca, disguised as a Pathan

Background imageRichard Burton Collection: Captain Richard Burton, British explorer, writer, soldier and diplomat, 1876

Captain Richard Burton, British explorer, writer, soldier and diplomat, 1876. Artist: Lock & Whitfield
Captain Richard Burton, British explorer, writer, soldier and diplomat, 1876. From Men of Mark: a gallery of contemporary portraits of men distinguished in the Senate, the Church, in science

Background imageRichard Burton Collection: Captain Richard Burton, British explorer, c1880-1882. Artist: Charles Waltner

Captain Richard Burton, British explorer, c1880-1882. Artist: Charles Waltner
Captain Richard Burton, British explorer, c1880-1882. After the portrait by Sir Frederic Leighton. Richard Francis Burtons (1821-1890) extensive travels included a journey to Mecca

Background imageRichard Burton Collection: Richard Francis Burton, English explorer and orientalist, 1880. Artist: Lock & Whitfield

Richard Francis Burton, English explorer and orientalist, 1880. Artist: Lock & Whitfield
Richard Francis Burton, English explorer and orientalist, 1880. Burtons (1821-1890) extensive travels included a journey to Mecca, disguised as a Pathan

Background imageRichard Burton Collection: Lady Isabel Burton with her memoirs

Lady Isabel Burton with her memoirs
Isabel Burton, wife of explorer Richarrd Burton. Hand-colored photogravure reproduction of a photograph



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Richard Burton was a man of many talents and passions. From his iconic performances on stage and screen to his adventurous spirit as an explorer, he left an indelible mark on the world. The Richard Burton Season at BFI Southbank in August 2009 celebrated his incredible body of work, showcasing the range and depth of his talent. In the 1800s, Sir Richard Burton embarked on a journey to India, immersing himself in its rich culture and traditions. This experience shaped him as a young man, fueling his curiosity and thirst for knowledge. His time spent there would later influence his writings and explorations. One cannot mention Richard Burton without acknowledging his captivating presence on screen. In The Last Days of Dolwyn (1949), he shared a poignant scene with Andrea Lea, displaying both vulnerability and strength as an actor. Similarly, while filming Villain in Brighton, Sussex, he effortlessly brought characters to life with his undeniable charisma. But it wasn't just acting that defined Richard Burton; he also had moments of introspection amidst the chaos of fame. Pictured enjoying a moment of reflection in a London pub during filming or captured deep in thought during breaks from shooting - these glimpses into the private side of this enigmatic figure remind us that even larger-than-life personalities need moments to recharge. Richard's personal life was often under scrutiny as well. The tumultuous relationship between him and Elizabeth Taylor captivated audiences worldwide. Their love story played out like a Hollywood blockbuster - passionate yet volatile - culminating in grand celebrations such as Elizabeth's 40th birthday party held at the International Hotel in Budapest. However, not all aspects of Richard's personal life were filled with glamour and excitement. James Hunt's ex-wife Susie leaving him mirrored some real-life struggles faced by this legendary actor off-screen too.