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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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  • London tourists be prepared to venture some distance out of the City and, if using the Underground, to walk along a poorly sign-posted route to find this little haven with friendly and enthusiastic st...  more »
  • Finally got here after years of considering it. Accessible by tube but some walking involved from center of town. Near Chiswick House, don't miss either. Hogarth was art royalty in his time. Neat to s...  more »
  • What a pleasure to encounter artist William Hogarth (1697-1764) in what was then his country retreat, seven miles from the teeming scenes of his famous London engravings! His house survives, just, bet...  more »
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  • 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.
  • Good displays, lots of information available.
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