Charles James Fox
Charles James Fox
by Joseph Nollekens
marble bust, 1805
26 1/2 in. (673 mm) high
Given by P. Leigh-Smith, 1953
Sitterback to top
- Charles James Fox (1749-1806), Whig statesman. Sitter associated with 308 portraits.
Artistback to top
- Joseph Nollekens (1737-1823), Sculptor. Artist associated with 19 portraits, Sitter in 14 portraits.
This portraitback to top
Carved for William Smith, MP, and inscribed in Latin with a motto translating as 'Charles, alone in our time revived the oratory of Demosthenes', referring to Fox's reputation as a great parliamentary speaker.
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- Curtis, Penelope; Funnell, Peter; Kalinsky, Nicola, Return to Life: A New Look at the Portrait Bust, 2000 (accompanying the exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery from 7 February to 30 May 2001), p. 12
- Ingamells, John, National Portrait Gallery: Mid-Georgian Portraits 1760-1790, 2004, p. 164
- Saywell, David; Simon, Jacob, Complete Illustrated Catalogue, 2004, p. 227
Linked displays and exhibitionsback to top
- Return to Life: A New Look at the Portrait Bust (7 February 2001 - 20 May 2001)
Events of 1805back to top
Current affairsNelson's state funeral is held at St Paul's. An occasion for an outpouring of national grief and patriotism, the grand ceremony built on the cult of Nelson which had emerged in the years before his death.
Art and scienceMary Tighe publishes Pysche or the Legend of Love, a romantic allegory in the fashionable medieval revival style, admired by both Keats and Shelley.
The 'poems of Ossian' are officially declared a fake and a great literary scandal ends as Scottish poet James Macpherson is exposed as the forger of the third century bard's epic works.
InternationalBattle of Trafalgar. Napoleon's ultimate plan to invade England from Boulogne with 100,000 men is thwarted by superior British naval power. Nelson dies in the closing moments of battle having been wounded by a French sniper, but survives long enough to learn that a decisive victory has been won.
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