Frank Wooton (Jockey) - Vanity Fair Supplement by "Spy" - Framed Print - 16"H x 12"W
Frank Wooton (Jockey) - Vanity Fair Supplement by "Spy"- Framed Print - 16"H x 12"W
NB. The print is of the famous Caricature by Spy from Vanity Fair in 1909.
Francis Leonard Wootton, known as "Frank" or "Frankie", and sometimes referred to as "The Wonderboy", was an Australian horse racing jockey who had great success as a teenager in the Edwardian era when he was British champion for four successive years.
Frank was ready to race ride from the age of 9, but Australian Jockey Club rules prohibited it. Thus, the Wootton family, together with another young prospective jockey, Bill "Midge" McLachlan, relocated to South Africa where age restrictions did not apply.
Frank was successful in South Africa immediately. His first victory was at Turffontein, still only aged nine, and for 3 years dominated South African racing. Briefly he moved back to Australia, but Frank was still too young for a jockey's licence, so the family relocated to England
After the move to England, Wootton was quick to pick up where he had left off in South Africa, getting his first win aged just 13. At the age of 17, he teamed up with what he considered the best horse he ever rode - the St. Leger and Eclipse winner Swynford.
Sir Leslie Matthew Ward was a British portrait artist and caricaturist who over four decades painted 1,325 portraits which were regularly published by Vanity Fair, under the pseudonyms "Spy" and "Drawl".
The portraits were produced as watercolours and turned into chromolithographs for publication in the magazine. These were then usually reproduced on better paper and sold as prints.