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The Jury at the Tichborne Criminal Trial

3 of 3 portraits of J.G. Sheppard

The Jury at the Tichborne Criminal Trial, by Watkins & Haigh, 1873 - NPG x135499 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

© National Portrait Gallery, London

The Jury at the Tichborne Criminal Trial

by Watkins & Haigh
albumen cabinet card, 1873
4 1/8 in. x 5 3/4 in. (104 mm x 146 mm) image size
Purchased, 2011
Photographs Collection
NPG x135499


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  • Henry Francis Dickins (Dickens) (1835-1912), Linen draper and partner in Dickins & Jones; chef and manager of Rawling's Hotel; foreman of the jury in the Tichborne Criminal Trial. Sitter in 3 portraits.
  • W. Docwra (active 1873), Hosier; member of the jury in the Tichborne Criminal Trial. Sitter in 3 portraits.
  • Charles Dunsby (1826-1882), Hairdresser; member of the jury in the Tichborne Criminal Trial. Sitter in 3 portraits.
  • R. Edwards (active 1873), Milkman; member of the jury in the Tichborne Criminal Trial. Sitter in 3 portraits.
  • J.B. Franklin (active 1873), Butcher; member of the jury in the Tichborne Criminal Trial. Sitter in 3 portraits.
  • W. Paige (active 1873), Hosier; member of the jury in the Tichborne Criminal Trial. Sitter in 3 portraits.
  • J. Parsons (active 1873), Lodging-keeper; member of the jury in the Tichborne Criminal Trial. Sitter in 3 portraits.
  • W.S. Richardson (active 1873), Publican and Kamptulicon maker; member of the jury in the Tichborne Criminal Trial. Sitter in 3 portraits.
  • J.G. Sheppard (active 1873), Member of the jury in the Tichborne Criminal Trial. Sitter in 3 portraits.
  • W.J. Taylor (active 1873), Member of the jury in the Tichborne Criminal Trial. Sitter in 3 portraits.
  • Jonas Turner (active 1873), Shoemaker and member of the jury in the Tichborne Criminal Trial. Sitter in 3 portraits.
  • G.B. Winter (active 1873), Publican; member of the jury in the Tichborne Criminal Trial. Sitter in 3 portraits.

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With Henry Dickins, owner of the Regent Street shop Dickins & Jones, as its foreman, and the remainder consisting of tradesmen and publicans, the Tichborne criminal trial's jury was notably less aristocratic than that in the first trial. Yet both juries became a focus for popular sympathy and amusement due to the trials' length. On 28 February 1874, after 188 days in court, the jury came to a unanimous verdict in thirty-three minutes. They found the Claimant guilty on two charges of perjury in asserting he was Roger Tichborne and that he had seduced Katherine Doughty (Lady Radcliffe). They also concluded that the defendant was Arthur Orton. Orton was given two consecutive sentences of seven years.

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