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.

Hogarth's House - New exhibition  John Wilkes ESQ by William Hogarth, 1763New exhibition
Parish, City, State: Hogarth and Government

Date: Friday 27th March – Sunday 21st June 2015, 12.00 - 17.00 Tuesday to Sunday and Bank Holiday Mondays. Closed Good Friday and Easter Sunday
Admission: FREE, donations accepted. No advance booking required

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.

In this election year Hogarth’s art lets us look at how Government worked in a different age.  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. 

Hogarth's HouseThe Election series itself satirises a particularly brutal election campaign in 1754 featuring unprecedented levels of bribery and corruption. These works also highlight Hogarth’s skill as an artist, with the head-striking brick thrown by a disgruntled member of the public in ‘An Election Entertainment’ being described as “the most animated brick in the history of painting”.

When Sir John Soane acquired the original paintings in 1823 The Gentleman's Magazine criticised the series for 'the very many disgusting, if not depraved exhibitions of human nature' they depicted. However Soane recognised them as some of the finest of Hogarth's satirical works. 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.

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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 >

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.

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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