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Frederick Burnaby (1842-1885), Soldier, traveller and balloonist

Frederick Gustavus Burnaby

Later Victorian Portraits Catalogue

Sitter in 9 portraits
Burnaby's exploits as a cavalry officer and explorer captured every schoolboy's imagination; over six feet four inches tall, he was reputed to be the strongest man in the British Army; his books about his adventures, including A Ride to Khiva, 1876, and On Horseback through Asia Minor, 1877, were bestsellers; in 1885 he took part in the relief expedition to Khartoum in the Sudan, and died from a spear wound.