Hogarth's House

a photo of the interior of Hogarth House
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Hogarth's House, built around 1700, was the country home of the great painter, engraver and satirist William Hogarth (1697-1764) from 1749 until his death. Hogarth's town house, in what is now Leicester Square, was demolished in 1870. Fortunately his rural retreat in Chiswick - where he lived with his wife, mother-in-law and sister - has survived, and now is an oasis in busy West London.

Set behind old brick walls with delightful gardens containing Hogarth's mulberry tree, it retains a charm of its own where visitors can find out more about the 'Father of English Painting'. The house was first opened to the public as a museum to Hogarth in 1904, and was restored in 1997 for the tercentenary of Hogarth's birth. As well as learning about the story of Hogarth's life, the house also contains the most extensive collection of his engravings on permanent display.

The House re-opened its doors to the public on November 8 2011 after three years of restoration. The history of the House has been meticulously researched and its story is now told in display panels throughout.

A new colour scheme, informed by paint analysis, of soft greys and pinkish greys and some original flooring has been revealed, together with fireplaces and hearths restored and original shutters made to work. Personal items from the Hogarth family make a welcome return to the House after an absence of over 200 years.

These include a little portable chest in which Hogarth kept his colours, his palette, his punchbowl and a mourning ring commemorating his wife, Jane. Visitors will also discover more about the ladies of the Hogarth household – not only Jane but her mother, Lady Thornhill, her cousin, Mary Lewis (to whom she left the House), Hogarth’s sister, Anne and family friend, Julian Bere, a wealthy spinster – who all lived together in Leicester Fields and in this house in Chiswick.

In addition, new research has made it possible to create some displays which tell the story of others who lived there, both before and after the Hogarths, and who had previously been ignored. They have turned out to be interesting in their own right and help provide a more complete story of the House.

Venue Type:

Gallery, Historic house or home

Opening hours

12 noon - 5pm, Tuesday to Sunday.

Closed Mondays except Bank Holiday Mondays.

Closed Christmas Day, Boxing Day, Good Friday and Easter Sunday.

To arrange a group visit please call the house on 020 8994 6757 or send us an email.

Admission charges

Free

Getting there

Hogarth’s House is located at Hogarth Lane, London W4 2QN (the A4)

Tube: Turnham Green (District Line)
Rail: Chiswick (South West Trains)
Bus: 190 (Hammersmith - Richmond

Collection details

Fine Art, Literature, Personalities, Social History

Key artists and exhibits

  • William Hogarth
Events details are listed below. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all. For events that don't have a specific date see the 'Resources' tab above.
Satirical print depicting the MP John Wilkes Esq by William Hogarth

Parish, City, State: Hogarth and Government

  • 27 March — 21 June 2015 *on now

The historic home of William Hogarth is offering a glimpse into the world of eighteenth-century politics with their new exhibition “Parish, City, State: Hogarth and Government”. Showcasing Hogarth’s famous Election series, alongside his other depictions of public figures, visitors will see how Hogarth used satire to both support and undermine the politicians of his day.

Visitors will see historical prints Hogarth made; some of which led to long running feuds between the artist and his subjects…

From the Parish Beadle to Mayors and Members of Parliament, Hogarth showed and satirised his government at every level from local to national. By letting us look through his eyes these works reveal the murky world of eighteenth-century politics.

The Election series itself satirises a particularly brutal election campaign in 1754 featuring unprecedented levels of bribery and corruption. Now, for a limited time, original prints of these works will be viewable to members of the public for free and offer a fascinating look at politics in the past!

Opening Hours:
12.00 - 17.00 Tuesday to Sunday and Bank Holiday Mondays. Closed Good Friday and Easter Sunday.
FREE, donations accepted. No advance booking required. Wheelchair accessible

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

http://www.hounslow.info/arts-culture/historic-houses-museums/hogarth-house

Getting there

Hogarth’s House is located at Hogarth Lane, London W4 2QN (the A4)

Tube: Turnham Green (District Line)
Rail: Chiswick (South West Trains)
Bus: 190 (Hammersmith - Richmond

Hogarth's House
Hogarth Lane
Great West Road
London
Greater London
W4 2QN
England

Website

www.hounslow.info/arts/hogarthshouse/index.htm

E-mail

hogarthshouse@carillionservices.co.uk

Telephone

020 8994 6757

0845 456 2800

All information is drawn from or provided by the venues themselves and every effort is made to ensure it is correct. Please remember to double check opening hours with the venue concerned before making a special visit.
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