Hogarth’s House

Watercolour of Hogarth’s House by local artist Hugh Bredin – hughbredin.co.uk

When:
Normal opening: 12.00pm – 5.00pm, Tuesday – Sunday, Closed on Mondays except Bank Holiday Mondays. Closed Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, Boxing Day, New Year’s Day, Good Friday and Easter Sunday.

Please note that the House will temporarily close to visitors between Friday 29 June and Tuesday 21 August. The closure is necessary as part of the delivery of the £2.3m Heritage Lottery Funded Mulberry Garden project, enabling contractors to set up and carry out enabling works, including safe minor demolitions. The closure will also enable repairs to be carried out to the ceiling and fireplace inside the house, so that the first floor can be re-opened.

Where:
Hogarth’s House, Hogarth Lane W4 2QN

What:
Hogarth’s House, built around 1700, was the country home of the great painter, engraver and satirist William Hogarth (1697 – 1764) from 1749 until his death. He bought it as a weekend and summer home, away from the noise of his other home in what is now Leicester Square. Hogarth had a ‘painting room’ at the bottom of the garden where he was working until a few days before his death in 1764. The house is partially closed because of structural damage on the first floor. Access is limited to the ground floor until completion of restoration work.

Entry to Hogarth’s House is on the A4, through a door in the high wall which is easy to miss. Parking available at Chiswick House, a few hundred yards further on. Stepping through the gate from the busy A4, behind the high walls visitors come in to a pretty, secluded garden dominated by an ancient mulberry tree. The Hogarth’s are said to have made mulberry pies from the tree’s fruit for the Foundling children who stayed with them. When the house is fully open there are often exhibitions and displays of Hogarth’s own work and art inspired by him. Wheelchair accessible.

Admission: Free

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