Fred Archer & Little Daughter
Carte de Visite of Jockey Fred Archer and his Daugher
One of the most famous Jockey's of his day, Fred Archer committed suicide at the age of only 31 in 1889. His death was described by The Times newspaper as "an almost personal loss literally to millions". This roughly cropped CDV shows Fred with his young daughter in what appears be a publicity shot.There is no publication or photographer information provided.
Fred Archer on Wikipedia
Frederick James "Fred" Archer (11 January 1857 –8 November 1886), also known by the nickname The Tin Man, was an English flat race jockey of the Victorian era, described as "the best all-round jockey that the turf has ever seen. He set records for the number of Champion Jockey titles (13), number of wins in a season (246) and number of race wins (2748) which remained unthreatened until the arrival of Steve Donoghue and Sir Gordon Richards well into the 20th Century. Delirious from wasting and the loss of his wife during childbirth, he shockingly took his own life at the age of 29.
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