Hogarth’s House

Hogarth's House in Chiswick, built around 1700, was the country home of the great painter, engraver and satirist William Hogarth (1697 - 1764) from 1749 until his death.

Opening Hours

12 noon - 5pm, Tuesday to Sunday. Closed Mondays except Bank Holiday Mondays. Closed Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, Boxing Day, New Year's Day, Good Friday and Easter Sunday.

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Front of Hogarth's House Photograph: Katri SalonenHogarth bought the house to act as his family’s country refuge, a weekend and summer home, away from the noise of his other home in what is now Leicester Square.

The Hogarths extended the house and enjoyed the fruit trees and nut walk in the walled garden. Stepping through the gate you will see the ancient mulberry tree - the Hogarths are said to have made mulberry pies for the Foundling children who stayed with them.

Hogarth had a ‘painting room’ at the bottom of the garden where he was working until a few days before his death.

The restoration project steering group from the William Hogarth Trust has undertaken extensive research into the history of the Grade I listed house and its occupants. This provides the information for the new displays.

Front of Hogarth's House.  Photograph: Katri Salonen

Exploring Hogarth's House - a BBC Arts slideshow with sound >

Layton’s Library: A Curious Collection
22 January - 3 April 2016



Rules for drawing caricatures: with an essay on comic painting, Francis Grose, 1791, with wonderful illustrations by the author.A new temporary exhibition, put together by The Thomas Layton Memorial &  Museum Trust, will display some of the most beautiful and unusual examples of 17th and 18th century books once owned by Brentford antiquarian Thomas Layton. These are amongst the oldest volumes from his remarkable collection and this is an exciting opportunity to see them for the first time.

Thomas Layton (born in 1819, died 1911) lived for the majority of his life on Kew Bridge Road in Brentford, West London. He was a lighterman, a coal merchant, a churchwarden, a member of the Burial Board and a Poor Law Guardian but, above all, he was a “collector”.

During the course of his life he built up an enormous and intriguing collection of ‘every conceivable thing that can be found in an antique store’, including maps, prints, spears, swords, tokens, medals and coins, but his plans to endow a museum and library in Brentford ran into difficulties. Many of his antiquities are on public display in the Museum of London. However, by far the largest element of his collection – his extraordinary collection of books – has remained relatively unknown and little used. The www.laytoncollection.org  web site has brought many of the elements together as a “virtual museum”.

Supported by a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund, this exhibition has been curated by a team of dedicated local volunteers. The project team has selected books for display from around 8,000 volumes! Visitors will be intrigued by these early books, their various subjects, their bindings and their illustrations. They will also learn about Layton and his passion for collecting and the Trust hopes the exhibition will raise awareness of the collection and share it with a new audience.

Lottery logoFree admission during regular open hours
Wheelchair accessible

 

Opening Hours

Hogarth's House

12 noon - 5pm, Tuesday to Sunday. Closed Mondays except Bank Holiday Mondays. Closed Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, Boxing Day, New Year's Day, Good Friday and Easter Sunday.

To arrange a group visit ring John Collins on 020 8994 6757

Admission: Free

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Hogarth Lane, Great West Road, London. W4 2QN.
Tel: 020 8994 6757

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