Charles James Fox
4 of 299 portraits of Charles James Fox
Charles James Fox
by Karl Anton Hickel
oil on canvas, 1794
52 in. x 44 1/2 in. (1321 mm x 1130 mm)
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Sitterback to top
- Charles James Fox (1749-1806), Whig statesman. Sitter associated with 299 portraits.
This portraitback to top
In his younger days, Fox had been identified with the 'Macaroni' fashions of the 1760s and 1770s, characterised by ostentatious dress and wigs. By the early 1780s, the trend for male dress was towards a more sober, informal style. Although this picture was probably painted at Fox's country house, at St Anne's Hill, his buff-coloured waistcoat and blue coat and trousers here reflect the colours worn by the American revolutionaries. These colours became a sign of support for the Whigs.
Linked publicationsback to top
- Ingamells, John, National Portrait Gallery: Mid-Georgian Portraits 1760-1790, 2004, p. 165
- Saywell, David; Simon, Jacob, Complete Illustrated Catalogue, 2004, p. 227
- Woof, Robert; Hebron, Stephen, Romantic Icons, 1999, p. 29
Placesback to top
- Place made: United Kingdom: England, Surrey (sitter's home, St Anne's Hill, Chertsey, Surrey)
Subjects & Themesback to top
Events of 1794back to top
Current affairsTreason Trials against John Horne Tooke, Thomas Hardy and John Thelwall take place amidst fears of domestic revolution. Their acquittal marks the most dramatic victory of the cause.
Leader of the Opposition, Charles James Fox's Libel Bill secures the landmark right of trial by jury for the accused.
Thomas Muir and the four other Scottish Martyrs who campaigned for parliamentary reform were transported to Australia for sedition.
Art and scienceEdward Jenner discovers the smallpox inoculation after realising that those who worked with cattle and caught cowpox developed immunity.
Drury Lane Theatre re-opens under the management of the playwright Richard Brinsley Sheridan. In competition with the Covent Garden Theatre it featured a new pit and boxes designed by architect Henry Holland.
InternationalMaximilien Robespierre, member of the French dictatorial Committee of Public Safety is arrested and executed as part of a conspiracy by enemies who disliked his anti-extremist stance and zeal for social reform.
Campaign in the Low Countries under the Duke of York. Allies are defeated and French reoccupy Brussels. British troops retreat to Holland.