Advert for Racing Illustrated, periodical
It has been estimated that some 190,000 periodicals were in circulation in Britain at the end of the 19th century. Many of these were specialist publications, and sports papers were particularly popular at the time. 'Racing Illustrated' was a cheap and efficiently produced magazine, which analysed the form of horses and jockeys prior to big races and supplied the results to races that had already been run. It was distributed nationwide, but was especially popular around racing towns (Newmarket, Aintree, Epsom, Cheltenham).
The feature article in this issue features Tom Cannon, perhaps the leading jockey of his day. He rode his first winner (of 1,544 in his whole career) in 1860, and was the great grandfather of the modern champion jockey, Lester Piggot.