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.
New Temporary Exhibition:
Chiswick’s maker of hand-made wallpapers
8 February - 27 April
Marthe Armitage has been hand-printing wallpapers at her strand on the Green workshop since the 1960s. some of her designs are inspired by plants, others show landscapes and buildings and there is even an alphabet pattern.
Marthe makes a lino-cut for each design and, using an old iron press, prints these onto paper with the help of her daughter.
The exhibition at Hogarth’s House will include samples of most of her wallpapers along with original sketches, printing blocks and a short flm of her at work. though Hogarth used engraved copper plates to make his prints, he would recognise the traditional craft of printing in Marthe’s work.
Hogarth 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
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
Hogarth Lane, Great West Road, London. W4 2QN.
Tel: 020 8994 6757
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