Charles James Fox

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Charles James Fox (1749 - 1806) was one of the most distinguished and charismatic Whig politicians of the late 18th century, and was Britain’s first Foreign Secretary. Ownership of a bust of Fox was often a sign of sympathy with radical or liberal policies. Fox sat for Nollekens twice and the busts proved to be the artist's most popular works as many copies were produced. The 1791 version shows Fox, classically draped with long, flowing hair. The second, of 1802, depicts him still classically draped but with short, cropped hair. This bust is a copy of the 1802 version. Fox is shown wearing a garment similar to that worn in ancient Rome; a popular way of showing a man’s public and political standing.