Charles Fox was born in Falmouth, the son of a Quaker grocer. He kept a bookshop which he afterwards gave up to work as a landscape painter. He travelled to Sweden, Norway, and Russia, with his brother (a merchant), making drawings. Fox afterwards settled in Bristol where he studied oriental languages and made the acquaintance of Robert Southey and Joseph Cottle, who published his Poems in 1797. Before his death Fox had prepared two volumes of poems translated from the Persian, which remain unpublished. By all accounts he was quite a humorist.
The poems of Ferdosi [partly trans. Fox]. 1785.
A series of poems, containing the plaints, consolations, and delights of Achmed Ardebeili, a Persian exile [trans. Fox]. 1797.