Catherine Andras was born in Bristol in 1775. She moved to London and worked for James Tassie before exhibiting wax portraits at the Royal Academy from 1799 to 1824. She died in London in 1860.
Charles James Fox was born in 1749, the second surviving son of Henry Fox, 1st Lord Holland (1705-1774). He was educated at Eton and Oxford, and became a Member of Parliament at the age of 19. A flamboyant Regency figure, from 1782-1806 Fox was leader of the Whig opposition mainly against successive Tory governments led by William Pitt. A close friend of the Prince of Wales and a gifted orator, Fox championed personal liberty, domestic reform and the French Revolution. He retired in 1797 but returned in 1802, and was made Foreign Secretary in 1806, but died shortly afterwards.
Arthur Wellesley, 1st Duke of Wellington was born in Dublin in 1769. A soldier and statesman, Wellington's early victories were in India and the Spanish Peninsula. In 1815, he was hailed as the man who finally achieved the peace of nations when he led the defeat of Napoleon at the Battle of Waterloo. He later entered Parliament and was Prime Minister between 1828 and 1830 and again in 1834.