Tony Grist (poliphilo) wrote,
Tony Grist

Cesar Picton

Back to Thames Ditton.

This is Cesar Picton's House.

Picton began his life as a slave in Africa and ended it as an English gentleman. He was purchased as a child in Senegal in the 1750s and given- along with a parakeet and a "foreign duck"- to the Philips family of Norbiton- with whom he lived as one of those cute little turbaned pets you see in18th century portraits and later as a trusted house servant. When his employers died he used a legacy of £100 to set himself up as a coal merchant in Kingston-upon-Thames; the business prospered and he died wealthy- at the approximate age of 81- in 1836.

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