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[Charles James Fox.]
[Charles James Fox.] [quotation in Greek.]
T. Day del.t. J. Jones fecit.
[Publish'd as the Act directs, Feby 5th 1787, by J. Jones, No 63, Great Portland Street.]
Stipple, sheet 180 x 140mm (7 x 5½"). Trimmed, losing publication line; good impression.
Charles James Fox (1749-1806), British Whig statesman whose parliamentary career spanned thirty-eight years. Fox was the first foreign secretary of the United Kingdom and a vocal supporter of American independence. Also known for his rivalry with William Pitt the Younger and as a staunch opponent of George III, Fox held office briefly as a Tory under Lord North then leading the opposition. He strongly criticised Lord North and the conduct of the American war, viewing the cause of the American patriots as a struggle for liberty against oppressive external power. He supported the revolutionaries of the United States, often dressing in the colours of George Washington's army. He championed America’s cause, denouncing taxation of Americans without their consent. Reform was a passion but as a supporter of the revolutionary cause in France, his credibility was diminished from 1792 by the excesses of the French revolutionaries. Stipple engraving after the little-known miniaturist Thomas Day, who exhibited at the Royal Academy between 1772 and 1778. Probably published as a pendant to a portrait of Edmund Burke (see ref. 40559).
O'D 10. Ex Collection of Hon. Christopher Lennox-Boyd.
[Ref: 40559]   £160.00   (£192.00 incl.VAT)
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