FOX, William;

Taupō, with Ruapehu and Tongariro

Watercolour on paper
210 x 275mm

Born at Westoe, Durham, he was educated at Durham Grammar School and at Oxford. He was called to the bar at the Inner Temple. Arriving in Wellington in 1842 he became editor of the Wellington Spectator and in April 1843 took part in the search for suitable land for the New Zealand Company. He became its Nelson agent. In 1846 he made sketching trips with Charles Heaphy and Thomas Brunner and in 1848 became the New Zealand Company’s principal agent in Wellington. Through out his life he recorded his extensive travels in sketch form, working many of them up into sophisticated watercolours, though the quality of his work varies considerably. Fox’s political career spanned the years 1855–81 during which time he served as Prime Minister between 1869–72 and again in a caretaker government for some months in 1873. Temperance was his burning interest, painting his hobby.

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