'After Prison - The Claimant' (Arthur Orton)

1 portrait of Arthur Orton

'After Prison - The Claimant' (Arthur Orton), by Herbert Rose Barraud, circa 1884 - NPG x29189 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

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'After Prison - The Claimant' (Arthur Orton)

by Herbert Rose Barraud
albumen cabinet card, circa 1884
5 5/8 in. x 3 7/8 in. (142 mm x 97 mm) image size
Purchased, 1987
Photographs Collection
NPG x29189

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  • Arthur Orton (1834-1898), The Tichborne Claimant. Sitter associated with 20 portraits.

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Orton was released from prison after ten years in 1884. He emerged having lost weight and still insisting he was Roger Tichborne. It became clear he did not wish to become politically involved with the movement that had evolved with the Magna Charta Association, opting instead to appear in circuses and music halls, cashing in on his celebrity status. The movement quickly collapsed with Orton free and his indifference apparent, and with the loss of its main figures, Edward Kenealy, Guildford Onslow and George Whalley who had all died between 1878 and 1882. Orton's career was a failure and he died in poverty. He was buried in an unmarked grave, although the Tichborne family allowed for Sir Roger Tichborne's name to appear on his coffin. Thousands attended his funeral in Paddington Cemetery.

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