Isabel (née Arundel), Lady Burton

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Isabel (née Arundel), Lady Burton, by Unknown photographer, circa 1869 - NPG x76470 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

© National Portrait Gallery, London

Isabel (née Arundel), Lady Burton

by Unknown photographer
hand-coloured albumen carte-de-visite, circa 1869
3 5/8 in. x 2 1/8 in. (91 mm x 53 mm)
Purchased, 1996
Photographs Collection
NPG x76470


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In this carte-de-visite she wears an adaptation of male Arab dress. Both Lady Isabel Burton and her husband were fond of dressing-up, Richard famously having travelled in disguise to Mecca. However, he lacked tact and was suddenly recalled from Damascus to London, sending Isabel the famous message 'Ordered off; pay, pack and follow', which she did.

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