View this artwork by appointment, at Tate Britain's Prints and Drawings Rooms
This is a caricature by an unknown artist
of the politician Charles James Fox. Fox was famous equally for his formidable debating powers and his dissolute lifestyle. He was one of the most caricatured figures in eighteenth-century public life.
By the early 1780s he was a leading
light in the Whig Party, which then
stood in opposition to the Court Party.
He is shown here wearing the trademark buff and blue colours of the Whigs. In his hand he waves a bill which, according
to the drawing's Latin inscription, amounts to little more than empty rhetoric.
Gallery label, September 2004
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