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Arthur Orton (1834-1898), The Tichborne Claimant

Sitter associated with 20 portraits
The Tichborne claimant was the person who identified himself, in a series of dramatic legal cases, to be the long-lost Sir Roger Tichborne. The Claimant, as he was commonly known, is usually assumed not to have been Sir Roger Tichborne, but Arthur Orton. Tichborne had been on a ship, the Bella, which had disappeared at sea in 1854. In 1863, his mother advertised in the world's press, asking for his whereabouts. Two years later, a butcher calling himself Tomas Castro from Wagga Wagga, Australia, came forward, claiming to be Sir Roger. London-born Orton was the son of a butcher. He became a sailor and in 1852 embarked for Australia, where he mysteriously disappeared. He was found guilty of perjury and spent ten years in prison.

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Arthur Orton

by Sebastian Evans
pencil, pen and ink, July 1855
NPG 2173(39)

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Arthur Orton

by Harry Furniss
pen and ink, 1880s-1900s
NPG 3495

Ax28420

'The Claimant of the Tichborne Baronetcy' (Arthur Orton)

by London Stereoscopic & Photographic Company, after Unknown artist
albumen carte-de-visite, circa 1871-1874 (mid 1860s)
NPG Ax28420

Ax39931

'The Claimant of the Tichborne Baronetcy' (Arthur Orton)

by London Stereoscopic & Photographic Company, after Unknown artist
albumen carte-de-visite, circa 1871-1874 (mid 1860s)
NPG Ax39931

Ax30397

Arthur Orton

by Maull & Co
albumen carte-de-visite, 1871
NPG Ax30397

Ax18248

Arthur Orton

by London Stereoscopic & Photographic Company
albumen carte-de-visite, circa 1871-1874
NPG Ax18248

Ax28422

'The Claimant of the Tichborne Baronetcy' (Arthur Orton)

by London Stereoscopic & Photographic Company
albumen carte-de-visite, circa 1871
NPG Ax28422

x29188

'Before Prison - The Claimant' (Arthur Orton)

by W. & D. Downey
albumen cabinet card, circa 1871-1874
NPG x29188

x75761

Arthur Orton

by W. & D. Downey
albumen carte-de-visite, circa 1871-1874
NPG x75761

x76202

Arthur Orton

by Maull & Co
albumen carte-de-visite, 1871
NPG x76202

x45946

Arthur Orton

by Maull & Co
albumen carte-de-visite, 1871
NPG x45946

x12624

Arthur Orton

by W. & D. Downey
albumen print on paper mount, circa 1871-1874
NPG x12624

x12623

'The Claimant of the Tichborne Baronetcy who alleges he was saved from the 'Bella'' (Arthur Orton)

by London Stereoscopic & Photographic Company
albumen carte-de-visite, circa 1871
NPG x12623

x197140

Arthur Orton

by Maull & Co
albumen carte-de-visite, 1871
NPG x197140

x29189

'After Prison - The Claimant' (Arthur Orton)

by Herbert Rose Barraud
albumen cabinet card, circa 1884
NPG x29189

D43487

The Tichborne Claimant ('Men of the Day, No. 25.')

by Carlo Pellegrini
chromolithograph, published in Vanity Fair 10 June 1871
NPG D43487

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