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An Alphabetical Characteristic Brown Study on the Claimant, 1873
Bib ID 7754811
Format PicturePicture, OnlineOnline [still image, volume]
Online Versions
Description London : Sutton ; 1873 
1 chapbook (26 pages) : illustrations, black and white ; 170 x 26 cm, folded 13 x 13 cm 

An accordion folded chapbook with 26 woodcut illustrations from A to Z, depicting the Tichborne trial. This chapbook offers a rare positive perspective on the claimants case. The accompanying verse captions are arranged in two horizontal rows of 13 and the rows fold together. This 'brown study' translated as 'sad story', does not illustrate Orton's whole life only his legal problems and related events after he was in the UK and made his claim to be Sir Roger Tichborne. --Information from acquisitions documentation.


"In 1854, Paris-born Enlgish baronet Sir Roger Tichborne travelled on the US bound ship 'Bella', which was lost at sea. Although his body was never found, Sir Roger was declared dead in 1855. His mother Lady Henriette Tichborne held onto the belief that her son possibly survived the shipwreck and was rescued by a vessel going to Australia. Lady Tichborne sought information about her missing son through a series of classifieds which led to a butcher in Wagga Wagga initially known as Tom Castro claiming to be Sir Roger Tichborne. Lady Tichborne accepted the claimant as her son and heir providing him with a large inheritance. However the claimant was faced with sceptiscism by others this led into the investigation of the claimant's identity and the allegation that he was not Sir Roger Tichborne but an Englishman by the name of Arthur Orton."--Information from acquisitions documentation.


Title from front cover of chapbook.

"26 Illustrations, An alphabetical characteristic Brown Study on the Claimant ! his whole life and adventures, with the rights and wrongs of his case, and knock-down blows for all his enemies. Dedicated to the 'Defence Fund' subscribers, and to all lovers of fair play and equal justice."--Printed on front cover of chapbook.

Condition: Tears, creases, soiled, loss and spotting.

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Subjects Orton, Arthur, 1834-1898 -- Trials, litigation, etc. -- Caricatures and cartoons.  |  Doughty-Tichborne, Roger Charles, 1829-1854 -- Caricatures and cartoons.  |  Trials (Impostors and imposture) -- England -- Caricatures and cartoons.  |  Impostors and imposture -- England -- Caricatures and cartoons.  |  Trials (Perjury) -- England -- Caricatures and cartoons.

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