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Australian painter Emanuel Phillips Fox (1856-1929) was one of the most prominent impressionist painters of his day. He studied at the National Gallery of Victoria Art School in Melbourne and travelled to Paris in 1886. As a result, his work became renowned throughout the world. He died at age 66, and his works are included in numerous private collections. 

Fox studied in Paris for two years under Jean-Leon Gerome and at the Academie Julian. His brother Joel supported his studies and he exhibited his work in Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide, and Paris. When war broke out in 1914, he returned to Melbourne. He worked to organize an art union in support of the war effort and the French Red Cross. The following year, he died of cancer while being treated at a Fitzroy hospital. He is buried in Brighton.

After returning to Australia, Fox left for Paris in 1887. He studied at the Atelier de Gerome at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts and under the mentorship of American artist T. Alexander Harrison. He also worked in the plein-air artists' communities of Brittany and Etaples. He also visited Giverny and the city of Paris. He and his wife settled in St Ives, where they exhibited their work.

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