Fred Archer
28 May 1881
Men of the Day No. 245

The Jockeys of Vanity Fair
George Fordham
2 September 1882
Men of the Day No. 262

Arthur Coventry
23 February 1884
Men of the Day No. 300

Tom Cannon
12 September 1883
Men of the Day No. 340

Vanity Fair was a British weekly magazine published in London from 1868 to 1914. Subtitled "A Weekly Show of Political, Social and Literary Wares," it was founded by Thomas Gibson Bowles who aimed to expose the contemporary vanities of Victorian society and offered to its readership articles on fashion, current events, the theatre, books, social events and the latest scandals.

Each issue was accompanied by a full-page, color lithograph of a contemporary celebrity or dignitary produced by an international group of artists. These caricatures, more than two thousand in all, are sought after by collectors worldwide and are what the magazine is best known for today.

Subjects included artists, athletes, royalty, statesmen, scientists, authors, actors, soldiers, religious personalities, business people and scholars.

Vanity Fair issued well over 100 caricatures relating to persons closely associated with the "turf" including breeders, trainers, Jockey Club members and 33 jockeys, the first of which was Fred Archer, published on May 28, 1881.

An exhibition of The Jockeys of Vanity Fair was curated in 2014 by National Exhibitions & Archives, LLC for NBT Bank and prints are available for purchase.


Charles Wood
22 May 1886
Men of the Day No. 359

John Watts
28 June 1887
Men of the Day No. 380

George Barrett
3 September 1887
Men of the Day No. 386

John Osborne
10 December 1887
Men of the Day No. 391

G. A. Baird
6 October 1888
Men of the Day No. 412

Fred Barrett
1 June 1889
Men of the Day No. 427

Fred Webb
10 August 1889
Men of the Day No. 435

James Woodburn
21 June 1890
Men of the Day No. 474

Tom Loates
4 October 1890
Men of the Day No. 485

H. Mornington Cannon
24 October 1891
Men of the Day No. 521

Captain Edward Rodney Owen
28 November 1891
Men of the Day No. 525

Count Della Catena
4 May 1893
Men of the Day No. 564

Sam Loates
5 November 1896
Men of the Day No. 662

Captain Wentworth William Hope Johnstone
25 March 1897
Men of the Day No. 677

Tod Sloan
25 May 1899
Men of the Day No. 750

Otto Madden
26 July 1900
Men of the Day No. 785

John Reiff
23 August 1900
Men of the Day No. 789

Lester Reiff
30 August 1900
Men of the Day No. 790

Fred Rickaby
12 September 1901
Men of the Day No. 823

"Danny" Maher
10 September 1903
Men of the Day No. 892

John Evelyn Watts
1 October 1903
Men of the Day No. 894

Herbert Jones
29 September 1904
Men of the Day No. 932

Bernard Dillon
12 September 1906
Men of the Day No. 1031

Arthur Templeman
7 November 1906
Men of the Day No. 1039

William Higgs
21 November 1906
Men of the Day No. 1041

William Griggs
28 November 1906
Men of the Day No. 1042

J. H. Martin
5 June 1907
Men of the Day No. 1069

George Thursby
18 December 1907
Men of the Day No. 1097

Frank Wootton
8 September 1909
Men of the Day No. 1188

Earl of Westmorland
10 November 1883
Statesmen No. 437

"Winning Post"
[Newmarket] 8 December 1888
(L to R: 'Judge' Clark, Sir John Astley Bart, J. Osborne, T. Cannon, J. Watts, F. Webb, F. Barrett, G. Barrett, W. Robinson, F. Rickaby)

© SaratogaRocksTM
Gallery: 12 Pine Street, Glens Falls, NY 12801              Contact: Victoria A. Rehberg   (518) 879-3072  -   victoria.rehberg@natlexhibits.com