Watercolour of Hogarth’s House by local artist Hugh Bredin – hughbredin.co.uk
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, but the house is open 12.00 – 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.
Entry to Hogarth’s House, Hogarth Lane W4 2QN, 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 Hogarths 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.
Heritage manager John Collins showed the exhibition to Nick Raikes.
The historic mulberry tree in the gardens of Hogarth’s House still produces yearly fruit and still makes an excellent mulberry soda.