Charles Fox was born at Falmouth in 1749, and was a bookseller in that town, afterwards becoming a landscape and portrait painter. He was a well-known Persian scholar; but how his knowledge of that language was acquired is not recorded. He died at Villa Place, Bathwick, Bath, on May 1, 1809, having married, in 1792, Miss Ferriers, the daughter of a Dutch merchant.
Fox's residence at Falmouth was burnt to the ground; to enjoy the view of the conflagration, he, like another Nero, ascended the roof of the opposite house. He was a Quaker.
For some years he resided at Bristol.
In 1787 he was travelling in Denmark, Norway, Sweden, and Russia. For his translations from the Persian, reference must be made to A Historical Catalogue of the Manuscripts of the late Dr. Adam Clarke (1835). The chief of them is, The Loves of Leily and Mejnour: a Persian Poem, in two volumes.
He was also the author of A Series of Poems, containing the Plaints, Consolations and Delights of Achmed Ardebeili, a Persian Exile, with notes historical and explanatory (Bristol, 1797); a Cornish Dialogue between Gracey Penrose and Mally Trevisky, printed in Polwhele's Cornwall, 1806; also in Cornish Tales (Truro, 1867), and other collections.