Frederick Archer(1857-1886), Jockey
Sitter in 13 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.
by Henry Robert Sherborn
copy print, 1880-1886
by Liborio Prosperi ('Lib')
chromolithograph, published in Vanity Fair 30 November 1885
Vanity Fair Panel no. 5 (includes John Francis Holcombe Read; Sir James Porter Corry, 1st Bt; Arthur Wellesley Peel, 1st Viscount Peel; Oscar Browning; Spencer Compton Cavendish, 8th Duke of Devonshire; Nathaniel Mayer ('Natty') de Rothschild, 1st Ba...)
by Liborio Prosperi ('Lib'), and Carlo Pellegrini, and Sir Leslie Ward, and 'Hay', and Théobald Chartran ('T')
chromolithographs pasted onto wooden panel, assembled from prints published 1881-1889
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