Search the Collection

Frank Burnand (1836-1917), Playwright and humorist; editor of Punch

Sir Francis Cowley ('Frank') Burnand

Sitter in 15 portraits
One of the most prolific dramatic authors and burlesque writers ever known, with nearly two hundred works to his credit. His first production was a burlesque entitled Dido, produced at the St James's Theatre in 1860; his most notable pieces included Ixion, or the Man at the Wheel (1863), Black Eyed Susan (1866) and Ariel (1883), based on The Tempest. One of Burnand's biggest successes was the burlesque The Colonel (1881), which made so much money for actor-manager Edgar Bruce that he was able to build the Prince of Wales Theatre. In 1861, Burnand joined the staff of Punch. He became the magazine's editor in 1880, a post that he held until his retirement in 1906.

List Thumbnail

3429

Frank Burnand

by Harry Furniss
pen and ink, 1880s-1900s
NPG 3429

3430

Frank Burnand

by Harry Furniss
pen and ink, 1880s-1900s
NPG 3430

Ax129591

Frank Burnand

probably by Lock & Whitfield, published by Wyman & Sons
woodburytype, published 1 February 1879
NPG Ax129591

x4915

Frank Burnand

probably by Lock & Whitfield, published by Wyman & Sons
woodburytype, published 1 February 1879
NPG x4915

x9051

Frank Burnand

by Unknown photographer
albumen print, 1880s
NPG x9051

x29192

Frank Burnand

by St James's Photographic Co
carbon print, published mid 1880s
NPG x29192

x9112

Frank Burnand

by Walery, published by Sampson Low & Co
carbon print, published November 1888
NPG x9112

x32627

Group at the Houses of Parliament

by Sir (John) Benjamin Stone
platinum print, July 1899
NPG x32627

x4904

Frank Burnand

by Unknown photographer
albumen cabinet card, circa 1899
NPG x4904

x87728

Frank Burnand

by Sir (John) Benjamin Stone
platinum print, July 1899
NPG x87728

Ax29602

Frank Burnand

by Frederic G. Hodsoll
bromide print, early 1900s
NPG Ax29602

x4903

Frank Burnand

by Walter H. Barrett
albumen carte-de-visite, 26 October 1902
NPG x4903

Ax46123

Frank Burnand

by Walter Stoneman, for James Russell & Sons
bromide print, circa 1916
NPG Ax46123

Ax9111

Frank Burnand

by Walery, published by Sampson Low & Co
carbon print, published November 1888
NPG Ax9111

D43994

Sir Francis Cowley ('Frank') Burnand ('Men of the Day. No. 236.')

by Carlo Pellegrini
chromolithograph, published in Vanity Fair 8 January 1881
NPG D43994

Tell us moreback to top

Can you tell us more about this person? Spotted an error, something missing, or do you know anything that we don't know? If you have any information to share please complete the form below

What can you tell us?close

There are occasions when we are unsure of the identity of a sitter or artist, their life dates, occupation or have not recorded their family relationships. Sometimes we have not recorded the date of a portrait. Do you have specialist knowledge or a particular interest about any aspect of the portrait or sitter or artist that you can share with us? We would welcome any information that adds to and enhances our information and understanding about a particular portrait, sitter or artist.

Citationclose

How do you know this? Please could you let us know your source of information.

* Permission to publish (Privacy information)
Privacy Informationclose

The National Portrait Gallery will NOT use your information to contact you or store for any other purpose than to investigate or display your contribution. By ticking permission to publish you are indicating your agreement for your contribution to be shown on this collection item page. Please note your email address will not be displayed on the page nor will it be used for any marketing material or promotion of any kind.

Please ensure your comments are relevant and appropriate. Your contributions must be polite and with no intention of causing trouble. All contributions are moderated.

Your nameclose

If you tick permission to publish your name will appear above your contribution on our website.

Your Emailclose

Contributions are moderated. We'll need your email address so that we can follow up on the information provided and contact you to let you know when your contribution has been published.