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.
Download the Hogarth's House 2014 Events Programme here. Please note a change of time for the Chiswick Walk on 11 SEP to 5pm (so the walk can end at Chiswick House).
New temporary exhibition
The Small Self
Saturday 20th September 2014 until Sunday 11th January 2015
12.00 - 17.00 Tuesday to Sundays
Admission: FREE, donations accepted. No advance booking required. Please note that timed entry may apply in busy periods.
Hogarth’s House is marking the 250th anniversary of the death of ‘the father of English Painting’ William Hogarth with a new exhibition of self-portraits by contemporary artists in honour of Hogarth entitled ‘Small Self’.
The Small Self exhibition opens on Saturday, 20 September 2014 and includes contributions by major British artists and celebrities.
The self-portraits include works by Peter Blake, the William Hogarth Trust's patron, Royal Academicians William Bowyer, Anthony Green, Ken Howard and Humphrey Ocean, cartoonists Steve Bell and Martin Rowson, designer Cath Kidston, numerous members of the New English Art Club, writers Jacqueline Wilson and Mike McCartney and performers such as Harry Hill, Holly Johnson, Joanna Lumley and Vic Reeves.
This unusual project was the brainchild of artists Chrissy Blake, a founder trustee, and Jason Bowyer, a current trustee of the William Hogarth Trust. They created and developed the concept of the exhibition as a means of attracting a different audience to Hogarth's House and engaging modern artists with its work. A catalogue showing all of the portraits in full colour will be available during the exhibition.
Guest curator Jason Bowyer said; ‘The respect for Hogarth’s work was evident in the fine response by so many artists to our request for self-portraits for this show. The portraits are diverse in medium, materials and concept. We hope this exhibition will inspire a continuing interest in and development of self-portraiture.’
Guest curator Chrissy Blake said; ‘On the 250th anniversary of Hogarth’s death we hope this celebration of his continuing influence, is a fitting commemoration in the beautiful country house he called home.’
Cllr Sachin Gupta, cabinet member for leisure at Hounslow Council, said: ‘It’s wonderful to see so many contemporary artists and celebrities contributing to this exhibition. Their work will help bring Hogarth’s work to new audiences, and ensure his legacy continues for years to come.’
The Small Self exhibition has been produced by the William Hogarth Trust in partnership with Carillion Integrated Services on behalf of the London Borough of Hounslow. The William Hogarth Trust has been generously supported by the J Paul Getty Charitable Trust to deliver events around the 250th commemorations.
John Collins, Heritage Manager at Carillion Integrated Services ‘Hogarth's House is so proud to be hosting an exhibition which demonstrates the reach of the great man's influence. That so many artists have contributed in Hogarth's honour is testament to his continuing relevance. We really hope that seeing this tribute to Hogarth in his former home will be a great experience for our visitors.’
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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