FOX, Charles

c.1794 - 1849

As Carolus Fox, he was born about 1794 and baptised at Costessey, Norfolk on 18 March 1795, son of Robert Fox, steward to Lord Stafford, of Costessey Hall, near Norwich, and his wife Maria or Mary née Hatton. He spent his childhood in the gardens of Costessey Hall where he obtained his lifelong interest in horticulture. He studied drawing under Charles Hodgson (1769-1856) at his new school in Norwich and trained as an etcher at Bungay, Suffolk under William Camden Edwards [q.v.]. Afterwards he came to London and assisted in the studio of John Burnet (c.1781/4-1868), who at that time was engaged in engraving some of Wilkie's principal works and assisted Burnet in their completion. When Norwich born horticulturalist John Lindley (1799-1865) succeeded as secretary of the Horticultural Society in 1830, Fox was chosen as a judge and arbitrator for the its prizes and worked on their annual publications. He also executed all the engravings for the periodical called 'The Florist', and as well as working on watercolours of plants, he took portraits of his friends. He died at Rawston Street, Brompton, Middlesex on 5 May 1849 being described as 'artist' and his will is at the National Archives, London.





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