Coxe, Peter (DNB00)

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COXE, PETER (d. 1844), poet, was a son of Dr. Coxe, physician to the king's household in the reign of George II, and a brother of the Venerable William Coxe, archdeacon of Wiltshire [q. v.] He was educated at Charterhouse School, which he entered at the age of ten on a presentation from George II, performed by George III, and left when only thirteen. He followed the business of an auctioneer in London, but having obtained a competency spent his later years in retirement. He was the author of an anonymous poem published in 1807, entitled ‘Another Word or Two; or Architectural Hints in Lines to those Royal Academicians who are Painters, addressed to them on their re-election of Benjamin West, Esq., to the President's Chair;’ of a political tractate published in 1809, entitled ‘The Exposé; or Napoleon Buonaparte unmasked in a condensed statement of his Career and Atrocities;’ and of ‘The Social Day, a Poem in four Cantos,’ published in 1823. He died 22 Jan. 1844.

[Gent. Mag. 1844, new ser. xxii. 652–3; Brit. Mus. Cat.]

T. F. H.