Charles James Fox

1 portrait on display in Room 17 at the National Portrait Gallery

Charles James Fox, by Karl Anton Hickel, 1794 - NPG 743 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

© National Portrait Gallery, London

Charles James Fox

by Karl Anton Hickel
oil on canvas, 1794
52 in. x 44 1/2 in. (1321 mm x 1130 mm)
Purchased, 1885
Primary Collection
NPG 743

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  • Charles James Fox (1749-1806), Whig statesman. Sitter associated with 298 portraits.

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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.

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