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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.

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Frederick Archer, probably by Eugenio Martinucci, for  Lombardi & Co, published by  W.A. Wright - NPG Ax199178

Frederick Archer

probably by Eugenio Martinucci, for Lombardi & Co, published by W.A. Wright
hand-coloured albumen carte-de-visite, circa 1874
NPG Ax199178

Frederick Archer, by Henry Robert Sherborn - NPG x76934

Frederick Archer

by Henry Robert Sherborn
bromide print, 1880-1886
NPG x76934

Frederick Archer, by Henry Robert Sherborn - NPG x76935

Frederick Archer

by Henry Robert Sherborn
bromide print, 1880-1886
NPG x76935

Frederick Archer, by Henry Robert Sherborn - NPG x76936

Frederick Archer

by Henry Robert Sherborn
bromide print, 1880-1886
NPG x76936

Frederick Archer, by Henry Robert Sherborn - NPG x76937

Frederick Archer

by Henry Robert Sherborn
copy print, 1880-1886
NPG x76937

Frederick Archer ('Men of the Day. No. 245.'), by Sir Leslie Ward - NPG D44014

Frederick Archer ('Men of the Day. No. 245.')

by Sir Leslie Ward
chromolithograph, published in Vanity Fair 28 May 1881
NPG D44014

Frederick Archer, by Richard Josey, after  Rosa Corder - NPG D7082

Frederick Archer

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

"Newmarket 1885" ('King Edward VII, Frederick Archer and 17 others)

by Liborio Prosperi ('Lib')
chromolithograph, published in Vanity Fair 30 November 1885
NPG D44255

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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
NPG D39295


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