Fred Archer (1857-86)
Fred Archer was a legendary racehorse jockey, the greatest of Victorian England. For thirteen consecutive years, 1874-86, he was Champion Jockey, riding 2748 winners, including five Derby winners. Ruthless on the track, Archer enjoyed fame, wealth, and the company of the nobility, making him the most eligible bachelor in Britain. Helen Rose Dawson married the sportsman in 1882, but her death in childbirth two years later devastated him. The battle with weight, so common to jockeys, was his ultimate downfall. Archer's final wasting, in 1886, brought on a state of delirium and depression in which he shot himself. The news of his death caused widespread shock and grief in England. Many of Archer's records stood for fifty years after his suicide. At the Hannah & Kent studio in Brighton, Archer poses in his jockey cap.
- 1870 circa 5 years
- Original Format:
- Carte de Visite
- Hennah & Kent (Brighton, UK)
- download hi-res watermarked image
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