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The Tichborne Claimant Trial Album: cartes-de-visite by various photographers, 1860s-1870s


183 Portraits in set

The Tichborne Trials were the most controversial court cases of the Victorian age, and two of the longest in English legal history, captivating popular imagination from the Claimant’s arrival in England in 1866 until the case’s end more than eight years later. They involved an aristocratic family, the Tichbornes, and a poor Australian immigrant who claimed to be one of them in a battle over the Tichborne title and estate. This legal event left a legacy that is also political and cultural. The trials led to English legal reform and changes in the law. They revealed the divisions of power inherent in English society, splitting public opinion as the establishment mainly stood against the Claimant, who was also called Tomas Castro or Arthur Orton, while the working-classes mainly supported him. Press commentary was vociferous throughout and the public revelled in the daily reports of the case. Collectible cartes-de-visite of the main protagonists and other ephemera contributed to the sense of spectacle.

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Roger Charles Doughty-Tichborne, by London Stereoscopic & Photographic Company, after  Thomas Helsby - NPG Ax28421

Roger Charles Doughty-Tichborne

by London Stereoscopic & Photographic Company, after Thomas Helsby
albumen carte-de-visite, circa 1873 (1854)
NPG Ax28421

Florence Nightingale, by William Edward Kilburn - NPG Ax28403

Florence Nightingale

by William Edward Kilburn
albumen carte-de-visite, (circa 1856)
NPG Ax28403

Charles Dickens, by Herbert Watkins - NPG Ax28569

Charles Dickens

by Herbert Watkins
albumen carte-de-visite, (29 April 1858)
NPG Ax28569

John Newman, by Henry Joseph Whitlock - NPG Ax28412

John Newman

by Henry Joseph Whitlock
albumen carte-de-visite, 1860s
NPG Ax28412

George Cruikshank, by Elliott & Fry - NPG Ax28570

George Cruikshank

by Elliott & Fry
albumen carte-de-visite, 1860s
NPG Ax28570

Louis Adolphe Thiers, by Maison Lefevre Frères, after  Charles Reutlinger - NPG Ax28405

Louis Adolphe Thiers

by Maison Lefevre Frères, after Charles Reutlinger
albumen carte-de-visite, 1860s-1870s
NPG Ax28405

Nasser al-Din, Shah of Persia, by Makzamoff, after  Unknown artist - NPG Ax28414

Nasser al-Din, Shah of Persia

by Makzamoff, after Unknown artist
albumen carte-de-visite, 1860s-1870s
NPG Ax28414

Frederick Bowker, by London Stereoscopic & Photographic Company - NPG Ax28427

Frederick Bowker

by London Stereoscopic & Photographic Company
albumen carte-de-visite, 1860s-1870s
NPG Ax28427

William Ballantine, by London Stereoscopic & Photographic Company - NPG Ax28430

William Ballantine

by London Stereoscopic & Photographic Company
albumen carte-de-visite, 1860s-1870s
NPG Ax28430

Henri d'Artois, Count of Chambord, by London Stereoscopic & Photographic Company - NPG Ax28440

Henri d'Artois, Count of Chambord

by London Stereoscopic & Photographic Company
albumen carte-de-visite, 1860s-1870s
NPG Ax28440

Unknown man, formerly known as Samuel Anderson Emery, by London Stereoscopic & Photographic Company - NPG Ax28517

Unknown man, formerly known as Samuel Anderson Emery

by London Stereoscopic & Photographic Company
albumen carte-de-visite, 1860s-1870s
NPG Ax28517

Joseph Gungl, by London Stereoscopic & Photographic Company - NPG Ax28527

Joseph Gungl

by London Stereoscopic & Photographic Company
albumen carte-de-visite, 1860s-1870s
NPG Ax28527

Samuel Phelps, by London Stereoscopic & Photographic Company - NPG Ax28542

Samuel Phelps

by London Stereoscopic & Photographic Company
albumen carte-de-visite, 1860s
NPG Ax28542

Prince Otto Edward Leopold von Bismarck-Schonhausen, by London Stereoscopic & Photographic Company - NPG Ax28553

Prince Otto Edward Leopold von Bismarck-Schonhausen

by London Stereoscopic & Photographic Company
albumen carte-de-visite, 1860s
NPG Ax28553

David Livingstone, by London Stereoscopic & Photographic Company - NPG Ax28415

David Livingstone

by London Stereoscopic & Photographic Company
albumen carte-de-visite, 1860s
NPG Ax28415

Harriette Felicité (née Seymour), Lady Doughty-Tichborne, by London Stereoscopic & Photographic Company - NPG Ax28426

Harriette Felicité (née Seymour), Lady Doughty-Tichborne

by London Stereoscopic & Photographic Company
albumen carte-de-visite, circa 1873 (1860s)
NPG Ax28426

Charles Kingsley, by John Watkins - NPG Ax28407

Charles Kingsley

by John Watkins
albumen carte-de-visite, 1860s
NPG Ax28407

Charles Kingsley, by London Stereoscopic & Photographic Company - NPG Ax28563

Charles Kingsley

by London Stereoscopic & Photographic Company
albumen carte-de-visite, 1860s
NPG Ax28563

George Cruikshank, by Elliott & Fry - NPG Ax28413

George Cruikshank

by Elliott & Fry
albumen carte-de-visite, 1860s
NPG Ax28413

'The Claimant of the Tichborne Baronetcy' (Arthur Orton), by London Stereoscopic & Photographic Company, after  Unknown artist - NPG 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

William Makepeace Thackeray, by Barraud & Jerrard, after  Ernest Edwards - NPG Ax28572

William Makepeace Thackeray

by Barraud & Jerrard, after Ernest Edwards
albumen carte-de-visite, 1870s (circa 1863)
NPG Ax28572

Thomas Carlyle, by Elliott & Fry - NPG Ax28576

Thomas Carlyle

by Elliott & Fry
albumen carte-de-visite, circa 1865
NPG Ax28576

Edward Askew Sothern as Brother Sam in 'Brother Sam', by London Stereoscopic & Photographic Company - NPG Ax28518

Edward Askew Sothern as Brother Sam in 'Brother Sam'

by London Stereoscopic & Photographic Company
albumen carte-de-visite, circa 1865
NPG Ax28518

Sir John Gilbert, by Elliott & Fry - NPG Ax28565

Sir John Gilbert

by Elliott & Fry
albumen carte-de-visite, late 1860s?
NPG Ax28565

(John) Sims Reeves, by Henry Joseph Whitlock - NPG Ax28534

(John) Sims Reeves

by Henry Joseph Whitlock
albumen carte-de-visite, 1867
NPG Ax28534

Mark Lemon, by London Stereoscopic & Photographic Company - NPG Ax28564

Mark Lemon

by London Stereoscopic & Photographic Company
albumen carte-de-visite, late 1860s
NPG Ax28564

Henry Edward Manning, by Henry Joseph Whitlock - NPG Ax28408

Henry Edward Manning

by Henry Joseph Whitlock
albumen carte-de-visite, 1867?
NPG Ax28408

George William Wilshere Bramwell, Baron Bramwell, by London Stereoscopic & Photographic Company - NPG Ax28448

George William Wilshere Bramwell, Baron Bramwell

by London Stereoscopic & Photographic Company
albumen carte-de-visite, late 1860s-early 1870s
NPG Ax28448

Fanny Josephs as Prince Buttercup in 'The White Fawn', by London Stereoscopic & Photographic Company - NPG Ax28475

Fanny Josephs as Prince Buttercup in 'The White Fawn'

by London Stereoscopic & Photographic Company
albumen carte-de-visite, circa 1868
NPG Ax28475

Edric Frederick Gifford, 3rd Baron Gifford, by Maull & Co - NPG Ax28557

Edric Frederick Gifford, 3rd Baron Gifford

by Maull & Co
albumen carte-de-visite, 1869-1873
NPG Ax28557

(Johanna) Therese Carolina Tietjens (Titiens), by Elliott & Fry - NPG Ax28523

(Johanna) Therese Carolina Tietjens (Titiens)

by Elliott & Fry
albumen carte-de-visite, 1870s
NPG Ax28523

Angela Burdett-Coutts, Baroness Burdett-Coutts, by London Stereoscopic & Photographic Company - NPG Ax28404

Angela Burdett-Coutts, Baroness Burdett-Coutts

by London Stereoscopic & Photographic Company
albumen carte-de-visite, 1870s
NPG Ax28404

Edward George Earle Lytton Bulwer-Lytton, 1st Baron Lytton, by John Watkins - NPG Ax28573

Edward George Earle Lytton Bulwer-Lytton, 1st Baron Lytton

by John Watkins
albumen carte-de-visite, early 1870s
NPG Ax28573

Hervé (Louis Auguste Florimond Ronger) as Chilpéric in 'Chilpéric', by London Stereoscopic & Photographic Company - NPG Ax28510

Hervé (Louis Auguste Florimond Ronger) as Chilpéric in 'Chilpéric'

by London Stereoscopic & Photographic Company
albumen carte-de-visite, circa 1870
NPG Ax28510

Allan James Foli (Allan James Foley), by Henry Joseph Whitlock - NPG Ax28524

Allan James Foli (Allan James Foley)

by Henry Joseph Whitlock
albumen carte-de-visite, early-mid 1870s
NPG Ax28524

Prince Arthur, 1st Duke of Connaught and Strathearn, by London Stereoscopic & Photographic Company - NPG Ax28406

Prince Arthur, 1st Duke of Connaught and Strathearn

by London Stereoscopic & Photographic Company
albumen carte-de-visite, 1870s
NPG Ax28406

Pope Pius IX (Giovanni Maria Mastai-Ferretti), by Gaston, Mathieu & Co - NPG Ax28409

Pope Pius IX (Giovanni Maria Mastai-Ferretti)

by Gaston, Mathieu & Co
albumen carte-de-visite, 1870s
NPG Ax28409

William Connor Magee, by John Watkins - NPG Ax28417

William Connor Magee

by John Watkins
albumen carte-de-visite, 1870s
NPG Ax28417

John Bright, by Henry Joseph Whitlock - NPG Ax28418

John Bright

by Henry Joseph Whitlock
albumen carte-de-visite, 1870s
NPG Ax28418

James Hannen, Baron Hannen, by London Stereoscopic & Photographic Company - NPG Ax28438

James Hannen, Baron Hannen

by London Stereoscopic & Photographic Company
albumen carte-de-visite, 1870s
NPG Ax28438

Sir Richard Malins, by London Stereoscopic & Photographic Company - NPG Ax28442

Sir Richard Malins

by London Stereoscopic & Photographic Company
albumen carte-de-visite, 1870s
NPG Ax28442

Edward Henry Stanley, 15th Earl of Derby, by Elliott & Fry - NPG Ax28459

Edward Henry Stanley, 15th Earl of Derby

by Elliott & Fry
albumen carte-de-visite, 1870?
NPG Ax28459

Signor Mendioroz, by Elliott & Fry - NPG Ax28521

Signor Mendioroz

by Elliott & Fry
albumen carte-de-visite, 1870s
NPG Ax28521

Léon Gambetta, by Etienne Neurdein, after  Unknown artist - NPG Ax28556

Léon Gambetta

by Etienne Neurdein, after Unknown artist
albumen carte-de-visite, 1870s
NPG Ax28556

Henri d'Artois, Count of Chambord, by Etienne Neurdein, after  Unknown artist - NPG Ax28558

Henri d'Artois, Count of Chambord

by Etienne Neurdein, after Unknown artist
albumen carte-de-visite, 1870s
NPG Ax28558

(Louis Charles) Alfred de Musset, by Etienne Neurdein, after  Unknown artist - NPG Ax28559

(Louis Charles) Alfred de Musset

by Etienne Neurdein, after Unknown artist
albumen carte-de-visite, 1870s
NPG Ax28559

Alexandre Dumas, by Etienne Neurdein, possibly after  Charles Reutlinger - NPG Ax28560

Alexandre Dumas

by Etienne Neurdein, possibly after Charles Reutlinger
albumen carte-de-visite, 1870s
NPG Ax28560

(Guillaume Victor) Émile Augier, by Etienne Neurdein, after  Unknown artist - NPG Ax28561

(Guillaume Victor) Émile Augier

by Etienne Neurdein, after Unknown artist
albumen carte-de-visite, 1870s
NPG Ax28561

Alexander William Kinglake, by Elliott & Fry - NPG Ax28567

Alexander William Kinglake

by Elliott & Fry
albumen carte-de-visite, 1870s
NPG Ax28567

Sir Henry Irving, by Elliott & Fry - NPG Ax28579

Sir Henry Irving

by Elliott & Fry
albumen carte-de-visite, 1870s
NPG Ax28579

'The Claimant of the Tichborne Baronetcy' (Arthur Orton), by London Stereoscopic & Photographic Company - NPG Ax28422

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

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

Sir Charles Santley, by Napoleon Sarony - NPG Ax28530

Sir Charles Santley

by Napoleon Sarony
albumen carte-de-visite, circa 1871
NPG Ax28530

Adelaide Neilson as Rebecca in 'Rebecca', by London Stereoscopic & Photographic Company - NPG Ax28480

Adelaide Neilson as Rebecca in 'Rebecca'

by London Stereoscopic & Photographic Company
albumen carte-de-visite, 1871
NPG Ax28480

William Wybert Rousby as Étienne de Vignolles in 'Joan of Arc', by London Stereoscopic & Photographic Company - NPG Ax28515

William Wybert Rousby as Étienne de Vignolles in 'Joan of Arc'

by London Stereoscopic & Photographic Company
albumen carte-de-visite, circa 1871
NPG Ax28515

Clara Marion Jessie Rousby (née Dowse) as Joan in 'Joan of Arc', by London Stereoscopic & Photographic Company - NPG Ax28478

Clara Marion Jessie Rousby (née Dowse) as Joan in 'Joan of Arc'

by London Stereoscopic & Photographic Company
albumen carte-de-visite, 1871
NPG Ax28478

William Hunter Kendal (William Hunter Grimston) as Pygmalion in 'Pygmalion and Galatea', by London Stereoscopic & Photographic Company - NPG Ax28544

William Hunter Kendal (William Hunter Grimston) as Pygmalion in 'Pygmalion and Galatea'

by London Stereoscopic & Photographic Company
albumen carte-de-visite, circa 1871
NPG Ax28544

'The alleged

'The alleged "Rightful Heir" age 5 years (son of the late Sir A. Tichborne, Bart.'

by London Stereoscopic & Photographic Company, after Unknown artist
albumen carte-de-visite, circa 1871
NPG Ax28419

Francis Joseph Baigent, by London Stereoscopic & Photographic Company, after  Unknown artist - NPG Ax28432

Francis Joseph Baigent

by London Stereoscopic & Photographic Company, after Unknown artist
albumen carte-de-visite, circa 1871
NPG Ax28432

John Baldwin Buckstone, by Fradelle & Marshall, after  Fradelle & Leach - NPG Ax28578

John Baldwin Buckstone

by Fradelle & Marshall, after Fradelle & Leach
albumen carte-de-visite, 1873-1877 (1871)
NPG Ax28578