William Johnson Fox
- Extended Catalogue Entry
William Johnson Fox
by Eliza Florance Bridell Fox
oil on canvas, 1864
24 1/8 in. x 20 in. (613 mm x 508 mm)
Given by the artist's second husband, George Fox, 1904
Sitterback to top
- William Johnson Fox (1786-1864), Religious and political orator, journalist and Liberal politician; MP for Oldham. Sitter in 1 portrait.
Artistback to top
- Eliza Florance Bridell Fox (circa 1824-1903), Artist; wife of Frederick Lee Bridell and later wife of George Edward Fox. Artist of 1 portrait.
Linked publicationsback to top
- Ormond, Richard, Early Victorian Portraits, 1973, p. 178
- Saywell, David; Simon, Jacob, Complete Illustrated Catalogue, 2004, p. 227
Events of 1864back to top
Current affairsFirst of the Contagious Diseases Act. These acts allowed for the arrest, medical inspection and confinement of any woman suspected of being a prostitute in the port towns. Following huge public outcry over their discrimination against women, notably led by Josephine Butler, leader of the Ladies' National Association, the acts were eventually repealed.
Octavia Hill starts work on slums, and the International Working Men's Association is founded in London.
Art and scienceThe Scottish physicist James Clerk Maxwell presents his discoveries in the field of electromagnetics to the Royal Society. His paper A Dynamical Theory of the Electromagnetic Field expresses the basic laws of electricity and magnetism in unified fashion. Maxwell's equations, as his rules came to be known, helped create modern physics, laying the foundation for future work in special relativity and quantum mechanics.
InternationalAustria and Prussia combine forces to seize Schleswig-Holstein from Denmark.
Britain cedes Corfu, acquired from France in the Second Treaty of Paris (1815) to Greece. Although Britain had vigorously suppressed an uprising in 1849 in Cephalonia aiming to restore Iolian islands, the government changed policy throughout the 1850s and 60s.