Ever since I read Heather of Habitually Chic's fantastic post on Louisville interior designer Lee W. Robinson's store, I have been chomping at the bit over this jockey print. It is the perfect wall accessory for my dream British-meets-Southern living room. I had to investigate.
After a bit of sleuthing, I quickly found that I'm not the only enthusiast. The jockeys were originally published in Vanity Fair, a British weekly magazine, over the span of 30 years in the late 19th-early 20th centuries. A full-page caricature of some contemporary celebrity, athlete, politician, or other notable appeared in most issues. These caricatures are the lasting legacy of Vanity Fair. Produced by a collection of artists from all over the world, many of the originals can be seen at the National Portrait Gallery in London.