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Frederick Archer (1857-1886), Jockey

Sitter in 9 portraits
Apprenticed to a horse trainer from the age of ten, by twelve Archer was winning races. Four years later he was champion jockey, a title he retained for thirteen consecutive seasons. During his career, he rode almost three thousand winners, including five Derbys and sixteen other classics. Archer's success made him wealthy, and with racing established as a national sport, he became one of the first national sporting stars. However, because he was tall he had to diet far more than other jockeys. This had an effect on his health, and after suffering from depression after the death of his wife, Helen Rose, Archer committed suicide by shooting himself. He was just twenty-nine, and his death sent shock waves around the country.

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2648

Frederick Archer

by Otto Brower
watercolour, 1878
On display in the Billiard Room at Bodelwyddan Castle
NPG 2648

2649

Frederick Archer

by Otto Brower
watercolour, 1878
On display in the Billiard Room at Bodelwyddan Castle
NPG 2649

3961

Frederick Archer

by Unknown artist
chalk, 1888
NPG 3961

x76934

Frederick Archer

by H.R. Sherborn
bromide print, 1870s-1880s
NPG x76934

x76935

Frederick Archer

by H.R. Sherborn
bromide print, 1870s-1880s
NPG x76935

x76936

Frederick Archer

by H.R. Sherborn
bromide print, 1870s-1880s
NPG x76936

x76937

Frederick Archer

by H.R. Sherborn
copy print, 1870s-1880s
NPG x76937

D7082

Frederick Archer

by Richard Josey, after Rosa Corder
mezzotint, published 1884
NPG D7082