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Photograph: Monument to Charles James Fox
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Title: Photograph: Monument to Charles James Fox
Identifier: 2001.5.36
Donor: Geoffrey Sayers
Item Date: 1870-1876
Creation Date: 2011
Location: Benares Historic House

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Description: A black and white photograph of a monument depicting a grouping of sculptured classical figures. At the centre is a reclining man on a bed with one figure at his shoulders and two kneeling at his feet. There is another monument of one male figure in contemporary English dress behind in the background of the photo and one of classical female figures along the wall on the proper left. The monuments are in a building with stone walls and pillars. Written in pencil on the back is:'4377' and 'Monument to Charles James Fox by Westmacott Died in 1806'.

“Charles James Fox (1749-1806) was a son of Henry Fox, 1st Baron Holland and his wife Lady Georgiana Caroline Lennox. He became a well known statesman and Foreign Secretary and was an opponent of the American War of Independence. He also worked towards the abolition of the slave trade. His private life was scandalous and he left several illegitimate children. In 1795 he married his mistress, Elizabeth Armitstead. Fox died on 13 September 1806 and was buried in the north transept of Westminster Abbey (known as Statesmen's Aisle). His gravestone simply gives his name and dates. A large white marble monument, by the sculptor Sir Richard Westmacott, was erected near the grave in 1822. A few decades later this was moved to its present position at the west end of the nave. It depicts Fox lying on a mattress, his head and shoulders supported by a figure of Liberty. At his feet kneel a mourning slave and a figure representing Peace. The inscription reads: CHARLES JAMES FOX B: 24 JAN.1749 N:S: D:13 SEPT.1806” http://www.westminster-abbey.org/our-history/people/charles-james-fox

Traveler’s in the 1870’s could not take their own photographs, so professional photographers would create albums with photos like these and sell them to travelers to commemorate their journey. In 1871 Elizabeth (Bessie) and Annie Harris (daughters of James Beveridge and Elizabeth) traveled to Europe to do a tour of Scotland, Ireland and England. In 1876, Lucy and Arthur Harris traveled to Scotland to visit their aunts in Perthshire. James Beveridge Harris’s sisters, Margaret Patton and Matilda Lindsay, both lived at Rose Terrace, Perth, with their cousin Margaret Anne Patton in the 1870s and 1880s. These photos could have come from any of those trips or have been sent by the Aunts, to the family at Benares.
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