Arthur Orton, the Tichborne Claimant

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Date:10th of June 1871

Description:Lithograph print. A caricature of Arthur Orton (1834-1898), 'The Tichborne Claimant' by 'Ape'. Appeared in 'Vanity Fair' June 10th 1871, with caption 'Baronet or butcher'.

Orton was an imposter who claimed to be the missing heir Sir Roger Tichborne. The trial lasted 188 days and the judge, Sir Alexander Cockburn, took 18 days to sum up. The jury eventually found Orton guilty of perjury on 28 February 1874, and he was sentenced to 14 years' hard labour.

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Donor ref:SCBPC-2009-94 (129/24192)

Source: Staffordshire County Buildings Picture Collection

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