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Hogarth's House, London

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Hogarth's House is the former country home of the 18th century English artist William Hogarth in Chiswick, adjacent to the A4. The House now belongs to the London Borough of Hounslow and is open to visitors free of charge. Chiswick is now one of London's western suburbs, but in the 18th century it was a large village or small town quite separate from the metropolis, but within easy reach of it. Today the house is a Grade 1 listed building.Construction and early occupationThe house was built between 1713 and 1717 in the corner of an orchard belonging to the Downes family. Its first occupant was Rev George Andreas Ruperti, the pastor of St Mary's Lutheran church in the Savoy, London, who used it as his country home. He cared for the thousands of refugees from the Rhineland who arrived in London following a famine in 1708-9. They hoped to be able to reach America - with Ruperti's help many did, and some settled in the south of Ireland. Ruperti's lists of the refugees, which record their trades, have been invaluable to family historians. He was appointed to the Lutheran Church at St James's Palace in 1728 at a salary of £200 a year. After his death in 1731 his widow retained the House; the Hogarths bought it from his son in 1749.According to the increased valuations in the parish rate books, the Hogarths extended it in 1750 and Mrs Hogarth added another single storey extension in 1769. It was the artist's country retreat from 1749 until his death in 1764; he had a "painting room" over his coach-house at the bottom of the garden. He shared it with his wife, mother-in-law, his wife's cousin, Mary Lewis (who assisted with his business) and his sister. His town house was in Leicester Square, and was demolished in 1870. William Hogarth is buried in the graveyard of the nearby St. Nicholas Church, Chiswick; his fine tomb-monument carries an obituary by his great friend, the actor David Garrick. The family's connections with the House continued until Mary Lewis' death in 1808.
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  • May 25, 2017
    I love Hogarth House and have come since its renovation. You can combine a visit here with nearby Chiswick House and the Fullers Brewery (book ahead for tours but the shop is great too) and maybe a wa...  more »
  • May 14, 2017
    Worth stopping by the Hogarth's House and understand it's history, from its very 1st owner until it became a public house to visit. The work of Hogarth is on display and offers a great overview of the...  more »
  • May 1, 2017
    The house is undergoing restoration so only the downstairs rooms are open. These held a lot of Hogarths sketches and drawings and were fully detailed. The lady custodian was very informative. The gard...  more »
  • Very close to Chiswick House, this is worth a visit. Of course, you can view Hogarth in many London galleries, but it`s quite special to see it displayed in his family`s summer retreat. The irony of a satirical artist working next door to an influential aristocracy, raises a smile!
  • THE PERFECT EXPERIENCE TO UNDERSTAND LONDON... Like many reviewers here, I've passed the sign for Hogarth House Museum (with little exaggeration) thousands of time on the A4 and always promised myself a visit over the past 20 years. But with a fabulous collection of Hogarth's work housed in the John Soane museum in Central London and shows of his work readily available across the city, the need to go was never quite met with the effort. That was until I found myself at a lose end one sunny Sunday afternoon in March 2017 and decided to make the journey. It's relatively simply from Central London, a tube from Piccadilly Circus to Hammersmith and then change for a 190 Bus towards Richmond & alight at the Hogarth Roundabout stop (around 40 minutes). Things can get tricky from here though, as there is, ironically, absolutely no signage directing to you to the house coming from this direction. But cross the road head back on the pavement to the A4 and start walking away from the pub and you'll find it on your lefthand side (5 minutes max). Google Maps (as ever) isn't particularly helpful for this destination either I found. But once there, I can assure you, your efforts will be amply rewarded. To begin with, this venue really does epitomise everything that's great about London. It's historical (stood here for over 300 years), totally Free (as most of our Museums) and has been saved for the benefit of all (Londoners really understand the importance of keeping things that are or should be treasured). It's been a museum since 1904 and as ever it was a Londoner (as it invariably always is, rather than a council or organisation) that rescued the home and brought it back to it's former glory and turned it into a public museum, a one Lieutenant-Colonel Shipway It was unfortunate that on my visit they had had to close the upstairs floor due to some technical difficulties, but it was amply made up by the fact that they had a temporary exhibition entitled "Treasures from our Stores". A selection of artefacts rarely if ever on public display. I got to see many pieces I was unfamiliar with, but they made me smile just the same. It also reminded me how little has changed in the past 300 years. In his engravings (the largest collection held in the world) Politics is mocked then as it would be today, the stupidity of law, the fads of medical innovation are all mercilessly satirised too (as the photographs will attest). So, why is this the perfect experience to understand London, because we are a city of firsts, Hogarth created the world's first copyright legislation (Hogarth's Act "Engravers Copyright Act), we are a city that protects itself (this is a Grade 1 Listed Building - meaning it will always remain like this), a city that looks after its residents (Hogarth was one of the founders of the Foundling Museum) and a city that can laugh at itself (Hogarth was considered one of the world's greatest satirists). Therefore one quick trip will immerse you in all that's London. And if you're coming from Piccadilly the contrast from heaving metropolis to idyllic riverside countryside (once away from the A4) highlights the diversity of living in our city too. And drop into the The George & Devonshire Pub opposite after your visit (a pub that Hogarth would have likely visited as it's older than the house 1650) - that will show you the Londoners can be hospitable too. A fantastic gem and a must visit.
  • Fascinating insights into Georgian life through Hogarth's drawings and stories. Well presented and worth visiting before/after a walk along the Thames between Hammersmith and Chiswick.
  • It's ok but tiny
  • Good displays, lots of information available.

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