Charles James Fox MP Satirical Cartoon - Early 19th-century watercolour painting

An original early 19th-century watercolour painting, Charles James Fox MP Satirical Cartoon.

This satirical cartoon features Charles James Fox (1749-1806), Britain’s first foreign secretary, on the right, launching “A Spirited Attack” against “Orthodox Opinions” on the left. Fox was a famous champion of liberty. He conducted a long and brilliant vendetta against King George III, and as part of the Whig opposition, he opposed the unjust and oppressive colonial policy of Prime Minister Lord North.

On paper laid down on backing paper.

There is some buckling at the upper right corner of the picture, and age toning and minor glue marks. The left edge of the paper is cut to the image as shown.
13.4cm x 13.8cm.

This watercolour painting is from a collection of works we have for sale by a single hand depicting renowned Whig and Tory politicians of the late 18th century/beginning of the 19th century – including William Pitt the Younger, Edmund Burke, George Canning, Charles James Fox and Francis Burdett. The figures are shown dressed in wonderful 18th-century dress of wigs, breeches, knee-length coats and buckled shoes. The cartoons satirise the politicians’ opposing political and oratorical styles, and are an example of 18th-century exultation of wit and reason. The collection likely dates from the beginning of the 19th century. 

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Product code: JE-439

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