Born into a military family—her father was an officer in the British army—Fox attended the Metropolitan School of Art, where she was a student of Orpen. She continued her studies under Orpen in London, eventually becoming his assistant. In 1908, participating in the National Competition, she was awarded a gold medal for an enamelled bowl, that was exhibited at the South Kensington Museums (now the V & A), along with other prize-winning works. While still a student, in addition to enamelling and metalwork, Fox produced superb carved wood and textile designs. However she is best known as a painter: her Fish Market in Bruges, (Limerick City Art Gallery) dates from 1911, when she travelled to France and Belgium. During World War I, she lived in London, Paris and Bruges, but, returning to Ireland in 1916, she witnessed tumultuous events during the Easter Rising, in particular the surrender of the Volunteers who had occupied the College of Surgeons on Stephen’s Green.
Notwithstanding her family background, or perhaps because of it, she painted several canvases recording these events. Her The Arrest, painted in 1916, depicts the surrender at the College of Surgeons. Among the rebels depicted is Constance Markiewicz, a friend of the artist. Fox also painted a portrait of Grace Gifford, political activist and widow of Joseph Mary Plunkett, who was executed for his role in the Rising. Sympathetic to the Republican cause, Fox concealed these paintings from the authorities, during the period of martial law that followed the Rising. Her husband Lieutenant Cyril Pym having been killed in action, Fox, a war widow with a young daughter, lived a peripatetic life during the 1920s, moving between Nice, London and Dublin. After a gap, she took up painting again, exhibiting with the New English Art Club, the Royal Academy, and the RHA. During the 1940s and 50s, she specialized in flower studies and still lives, and late in life produced a set of Stations of the Cross, for the Milltown Institute in Dublin.
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