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Charles James Fox Collection

Charles James Fox was a prominent figure in 18th-century British politics, known for his wit, charm, and love of indulgence

Background imageCharles James Fox Collection: Smoking club, 18th century artwork

Smoking club, 18th century artwork. The practice of smoking tobacco was popularised in England and Ireland in the 1580s and 1590s by the English soldier and explorer Sir Walter Raleigh (c.1552-1618)

Background imageCharles James Fox Collection: The Loves of the Fox and The Badger, or The Coalition Wedding. January 7, 1784

The Loves of the Fox and The Badger, or The Coalition Wedding. January 7, 1784

Background imageCharles James Fox Collection: Britannia Between Scylla & Charybdis, or The Vessel of Constitution steered clear of

Britannia Between Scylla & Charybdis, or The Vessel of Constitution steered clear of
NCO190432 Britannia Between Scylla & Charybdis, or The Vessel of Constitution steered clear of the Rock of Democracy and the Whirlpool of Arbitrary Power

Background imageCharles James Fox Collection: 'The Tree of Liberty with the Devil Tempting John Bull', pub

"The Tree of Liberty with the Devil Tempting John Bull", pub
NCO89949 " The Tree of Liberty with the Devil Tempting John Bull", pub. by Hannah Humphrey, 1798 (etching) by Gillray, James (1757-1815); Courtesy of the Warden and Scholars of New College

Background imageCharles James Fox Collection: The Sick Prince, published by S.W. Fores in 1787 (etching)

The Sick Prince, published by S.W. Fores in 1787 (etching)
NCO193114 The Sick Prince, published by S.W. Fores in 1787 (etching) by Gillray, James (1757-1815); Courtesy of the Warden and Scholars of New College, Oxford; (add.info.: George)

Background imageCharles James Fox Collection: Portrait of Charles James Fox

Portrait of Charles James Fox
864916 Portrait of Charles James Fox by Reynolds, Joshua (1723-92) (after); (add.info.: Charles James Fox (1749-1806) English Whig (Liberal) politician

Background imageCharles James Fox Collection: The Prince at Grass and The Prince in Clover, published by S.W

The Prince at Grass and The Prince in Clover, published by S.W. Fores in 1787 (hand-coloured etching)
NCO193109 The Prince at Grass and The Prince in Clover, published by S.W. Fores in 1787 (hand-coloured etching) by Gillray, James (1757-1815); Courtesy of the Warden and Scholars of New College

Background imageCharles James Fox Collection: William Pitt, the Younger, Addressing the Commons, 1793, (1947). Creator: Anton Hickel

William Pitt, the Younger, Addressing the Commons, 1793, (1947). Creator: Anton Hickel
William Pitt, the Younger, Addressing the Commons, 1793, (1947). Session of parliament in the Palace of Westminster, London. Prime Minister William Pitt is on his feet

Background imageCharles James Fox Collection: Cicero in Catilinam, March 17, 1785. Creator: James Sayers

Cicero in Catilinam, March 17, 1785. Creator: James Sayers
Cicero in Catilinam, March 17, 1785

Background imageCharles James Fox Collection: The General Toast: Honor and Honesty, Love and Loyalty, Fitz and Good Company

The General Toast: Honor and Honesty, Love and Loyalty, Fitz and Good Company, ... October 20, 1786. Creator: Anon
The General Toast: Honor and Honesty, Love and Loyalty, Fitz and Good Company, October 20, 1786

Background imageCharles James Fox Collection: John Bulls First Visit to his Old Friend the New Secretary, published March 3, 1806

John Bulls First Visit to his Old Friend the New Secretary, published March 3, 1806

Background imageCharles James Fox Collection: The Brazen Image Erected on a Pedestal Wrought by Himself, published May 29, 1802

The Brazen Image Erected on a Pedestal Wrought by Himself, published May 29, 1802

Background imageCharles James Fox Collection: Fishing for Flats, published July 25, 1806. Creator: Charles Williams

Fishing for Flats, published July 25, 1806. Creator: Charles Williams
Fishing for Flats, published July 25, 1806

Background imageCharles James Fox Collection: The Honeymoon, 1806. Creator: Charles Williams

The Honeymoon, 1806. Creator: Charles Williams
The Honeymoon, 1806

Background imageCharles James Fox Collection: Charles James Fox (XXXL)

Charles James Fox (XXXL)
Charles James Fox (1749-1806)

Background imageCharles James Fox Collection: A Charm for a Democracy, Reviewed, Analysed, & Destroyed Jan 1 1799 to the Conf

A Charm for a Democracy, Reviewed, Analysed, & Destroyed Jan 1 1799 to the Confusion of its Affiliated Friends, January 1, 1799

Background imageCharles James Fox Collection: Pandemonium: satire on the political instability in Britain after the fall of the Fox-North

Pandemonium: satire on the political instability in Britain after the fall of the Fox-North Coalition
6032195 Pandemonium: satire on the political instability in Britain after the fall of the Fox-North Coalition and its replacement with the government of William Pitt the Younger

Background imageCharles James Fox Collection: A Coalition Medal, Struck in Brass: satire on the coalition of British politicians Lord North

A Coalition Medal, Struck in Brass: satire on the coalition of British politicians Lord North and Charles James Fox
6032178 A Coalition Medal, Struck in Brass: satire on the coalition of British politicians Lord North and Charles James Fox, 1783 (engraving) by Sayers

Background imageCharles James Fox Collection: Preliminaries of peace between Great Britain and the French Republic (engraving)

Preliminaries of peace between Great Britain and the French Republic (engraving)
731959 Preliminaries of peace between Great Britain and the French Republic (engraving) by English School, (19th century); Private Collection; (add.info)

Background imageCharles James Fox Collection: Making Decent, i. e. Broad Bottomites getting into the Grand Costume, pub

Making Decent, i. e. Broad Bottomites getting into the Grand Costume, pub
2636968 Making Decent, i.e. Broad Bottomites getting into the Grand Costume, pub. 1806 (hand coloured engraving) by Gillray

Background imageCharles James Fox Collection: Comforts of a Bed of Roses: pub. Hannah Humphrey, 21st April

Comforts of a Bed of Roses: pub. Hannah Humphrey, 21st April
2636948 Comforts of a Bed of Roses: pub. Hannah Humphrey, 21st April, 1806 (hand coloured engraving) by Gillray, James (1757-1815); Private Collection; (add.info)

Background imageCharles James Fox Collection: Britannia between death and the Doctors, pub. Hannah Humphrey, 20th May

Britannia between death and the Doctors, pub. Hannah Humphrey, 20th May
2636946 Britannia between death and the Doctors, pub. Hannah Humphrey, 20th May, 1804 (hand coloured engraving) by Gillray

Background imageCharles James Fox Collection: Blue & Buff Charity, or The Patriarch of the Greek Clergy applying for Relief

Blue & Buff Charity, or The Patriarch of the Greek Clergy applying for Relief
NCO193173 Blue & Buff Charity, or The Patriarch of the Greek Clergy applying for Relief, published by Hannah Humphrey in 1793 (hand-coloured etching) by Gillray

Background imageCharles James Fox Collection: A Right Honourable, alias a Sans-Culotte, published by J. Fores in 1792 (etching)

A Right Honourable, alias a Sans-Culotte, published by J. Fores in 1792 (etching)
NCO189759 A Right Honourable, alias a Sans-Culotte, published by J. Fores in 1792 (etching) by Gillray, James (1757-1815); Courtesy of the Warden and Scholars of New College, Oxford; English

Background imageCharles James Fox Collection: 8 vignettes depicting eloquence, published by Hannah Humphrey in 1795

8 vignettes depicting eloquence, published by Hannah Humphrey in 1795
NCO191281 8 vignettes depicting eloquence, published by Hannah Humphrey in 1795 (hand-coloured etching) by Gillray, James (1757-1815); Courtesy of the Warden and Scholars of New College

Background imageCharles James Fox Collection: Falstaff and the Merry Wives of Westminster Canvassing for Their Favourite Member Ld T-d

Falstaff and the Merry Wives of Westminster Canvassing for Their Favourite Member Ld T-d, 1784 (litho)
5208527 Falstaff and the Merry Wives of Westminster Canvassing for Their Favourite Member Ld T-d, 1784 (litho) by English School

Background imageCharles James Fox Collection: Devonia, the beautiful daughter of love & liberty, inviting the sons of freedom to her standard in

Devonia, the beautiful daughter of love & liberty, inviting the sons of freedom to her standard in Covent Garden
6032209 Devonia, the beautiful daughter of love & liberty, inviting the sons of freedom to her standard in Covent Garden: political satire on the Duchess of Devonshires support for Charles James Fox

Background imageCharles James Fox Collection: Portrait of Charles James Fox (engraving)

Portrait of Charles James Fox (engraving)
819475 Portrait of Charles James Fox (engraving) by English School, (19th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: Charles James Fox, British Whig statesman. After H Richter, engraved bys Freeman)

Background imageCharles James Fox Collection: Homer singing his Verses to the Greeks, published by Hannah Humphrey in 1797

Homer singing his Verses to the Greeks, published by Hannah Humphrey in 1797
NCO193102 Homer singing his Verses to the Greeks, published by Hannah Humphrey in 1797 (hand-coloured etching) by Gillray, James (1757-1815); Courtesy of the Warden and Scholars of New College

Background imageCharles James Fox Collection: A Smoking Club, published by Hannah Humphrey in 1793 (hand-coloured etching)

A Smoking Club, published by Hannah Humphrey in 1793 (hand-coloured etching)
NCO190412 A Smoking Club, published by Hannah Humphrey in 1793 (hand-coloured etching) by Gillray, James (1757-1815); Courtesy of the Warden and Scholars of New College

Background imageCharles James Fox Collection: The Arms and Supporters of a Debating Society, 1798 (hand-coloured etching)

The Arms and Supporters of a Debating Society, 1798 (hand-coloured etching)
2562211 The Arms and Supporters of a Debating Society, 1798 (hand-coloured etching) by English School, (18th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: Charles James Fox (1749 - 1806), left

Background imageCharles James Fox Collection: Charles James Fox, English Whig politician (engraving)

Charles James Fox, English Whig politician (engraving)
3647642 Charles James Fox, English Whig politician (engraving) by German School, (19th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: Charles James Fox (1749-1806), English Whig politician

Background imageCharles James Fox Collection: 'He was Chaired all round Covent Garden'(engraving)

"He was Chaired all round Covent Garden"(engraving)
725674 " He was Chaired all round Covent Garden" (engraving) by English School, (20th century); Private Collection; (add.info)

Background imageCharles James Fox Collection: Modern Hospitality, or A Friendly Party in High Life, published by Hannah Humphrey in

Modern Hospitality, or A Friendly Party in High Life, published by Hannah Humphrey in
NCO191240 Modern Hospitality, or A Friendly Party in High Life, published by Hannah Humphrey in 1792 (hand-coloured etching) by Gillray

Background imageCharles James Fox Collection: Le Ministre d Etat en grand costume, from the series

Le Ministre d Etat en grand costume, from the series
NCO191270 Le Ministre d Etat en grand costume, from the series, Habits of the New French Legislators and other Public Functionaries

Background imageCharles James Fox Collection: Stealing off; - or - prudent Secession, pub. 1798 (hand coloured engraving)

Stealing off; - or - prudent Secession, pub. 1798 (hand coloured engraving)
2490625 Stealing off; - or - prudent Secession, pub. 1798 (hand coloured engraving) by Gillray, James (1757-1815); Private Collection; The Stapleton Collection; English, out of copyright

Background imageCharles James Fox Collection: A Scene at the New Theatre, Covent Garden: satire depicting a political hustings in Covent Garden

A Scene at the New Theatre, Covent Garden: satire depicting a political hustings in Covent Garden, London
6032190 A Scene at the New Theatre, Covent Garden: satire depicting a political hustings in Covent Garden, London, 1784 (engraving) by English School

Background imageCharles James Fox Collection: Carlo Khans Triumphal Entry into Leadenhall Street: satire on Whig politician Charles James Fox

Carlo Khans Triumphal Entry into Leadenhall Street: satire on Whig politician Charles James Fox
6032184 Carlo Khans Triumphal Entry into Leadenhall Street: satire on Whig politician Charles James Fox and his ambitions regarding India, 1783 (engraving) by Sayers

Background imageCharles James Fox Collection: Carlo Khans Triumphal Entry into Leadenhall Street: satire on Whig politician Charles James Fox

Carlo Khans Triumphal Entry into Leadenhall Street: satire on Whig politician Charles James Fox
5997521 Carlo Khans Triumphal Entry into Leadenhall Street: satire on Whig politician Charles James Fox and his ambitions regarding India, 1783 (engraving) by Sayers

Background imageCharles James Fox Collection: The Political Banditti Assailing the Saviour of India: Warren Hastings, former Governor of Bengal

The Political Banditti Assailing the Saviour of India: Warren Hastings, former Governor of Bengal
5997518 The Political Banditti Assailing the Saviour of India: Warren Hastings, former Governor of Bengal, under attack from politicians Edmund Burke, Charles James Fox and Lord North

Background imageCharles James Fox Collection: Statue of Charles James Fox, in St Stephens Hall, Baily, Sculptor (engraving)

Statue of Charles James Fox, in St Stephens Hall, Baily, Sculptor (engraving)
1587290 Statue of Charles James Fox, in St Stephens Hall, Baily, Sculptor (engraving) by English School, (19th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: Statue of Charles James Fox)

Background imageCharles James Fox Collection: British Tars Towing the Danish Fleet into Harbour, 1807 (etching)

British Tars Towing the Danish Fleet into Harbour, 1807 (etching)
3244703 British Tars Towing the Danish Fleet into Harbour, 1807 (etching) by Gillray, James (1757-1815); National Museum of the Royal Navy, Portsmouth, Hampshire

Background imageCharles James Fox Collection: Rodney Triumphant or Admiral LeeShore in the Dumps, pub 1782 (hand coloured engraving)

Rodney Triumphant or Admiral LeeShore in the Dumps, pub 1782 (hand coloured engraving)
2962468 Rodney Triumphant or Admiral LeeShore in the Dumps, pub 1782 (hand coloured engraving) by Gillray, James (1757-1815); Private Collection; (add.info)

Background imageCharles James Fox Collection: The Humours of St Giless (engraving)

The Humours of St Giless (engraving)
582430 The Humours of St Giless (engraving) by English School, (18th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: The Humours of St Giles s)

Background imageCharles James Fox Collection: The Orators Journey, pub. 1785 (hand coloured engraving)

The Orators Journey, pub. 1785 (hand coloured engraving)
2652850 The Orators Journey, pub. 1785 (hand coloured engraving) by English School, (18th century); Private Collection; (add.info)

Background imageCharles James Fox Collection: Charles James Fox

Charles James Fox
LLM461107 Charles James Fox by English School, (19th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: Charles James Fox. Illustration for The Life of George Brummell by Captain Jesse (Nimmo)

Background imageCharles James Fox Collection: Parliamentary Elections and Electioneering in the Old Days (engraving)

Parliamentary Elections and Electioneering in the Old Days (engraving)
1041270 Parliamentary Elections and Electioneering in the Old Days (engraving) by English School, (19th century); Private Collection; (add.info)

Background imageCharles James Fox Collection: Parliamentary Elections and Electioneering in the Old Days (engraving)

Parliamentary Elections and Electioneering in the Old Days (engraving)
1041269 Parliamentary Elections and Electioneering in the Old Days (engraving) by English School, (19th century); Private Collection; (add.info)



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Charles James Fox was a prominent figure in 18th-century British politics, known for his wit, charm, and love of indulgence. Despite his political career, he also found time to enjoy the pleasures of life, such as being a member of the exclusive Smoking Club. His influence on the political landscape is evident in iconic artworks like "Britannia Between Scylla & Charybdis, " where he steered the vessel of constitution clear from danger. Another notable artwork capturing his political prowess is "The Loves of the Fox and The Badger, " depicting the Coalition Wedding that took place on January 7, 1784. In Anton Hickel's painting titled "William Pitt, the Younger Addressing the Commons, " we see Fox's rival addressing Parliament while Fox observes with keen interest. This rivalry between them shaped British politics during their time. "The Weather Cock of St. Stephen's" captures an engraving showing Fox's ability to adapt to changing circumstances within Parliament. His eloquence and persuasive skills were likened to Cicero in James Sayers' depiction titled "Cicero in Catilinam. " Fox was not only admired for his political acumen but also for his social gatherings. In Anon's creation called "The General Toast: Honor and Honesty, Love and Loyalty, " we witness one such occasion where Fitz (possibly referring to Richard Fitzpatrick) enjoys good company alongside Fox. Satirical publications like "John Bulls First Visit to his Old Friend the New Secretary" highlighted both admiration and criticism towards him as a politician. Similarly, "The Brazen Image Erected on a Pedestal Wrought by Himself" portrayed him as self-aggrandizing. Amidst all this political drama, Charles Williams' works provided comic relief with illustrations like "Fishing for Flats. " However, it was Williams' piece titled "The Honeymoon" that showcased another side of Fox, depicting his personal life and romantic escapades.