Hidden away behind a high red-brick wall beside one of the busiest roads in West London is Hogarth's House, a beautiful Georgian building built around 1700.
The house was the country home of William Hogarth (1697-1764), a renowned artist, engraver and satirist of the 18th century who lived there from 1749 until his death in 1764. The house was first opened to the public as a museum dedicated to Hogarth's life and work in 1904, and today it contains the most extensive Hogarth collection on permanent display.
With its lovely casement window, the house remains much as Hogarth would have known it despite being damaged by bombing during the war. The interior has been completely renovated and contains a well laid out and informative exhibition which documents the artist's life and work. Although there is little of Hogarth's furniture or personal belongings on display, most of his well known engravings, drawings and prints are exhibited including 'Harlot's Progress', 'Rake's Progress', 'Marriage à la Mode', 'Gin Lane' and 'Beer Street'.
The house is surrounded by a small, restored walled garden whose main feature is a mulberry tree that is at least three hundred years old.
Hogarth's grave can be found within a few minutes' walk of the house, in the cemetery of St. Nicholas's Church, Chiswick Mall.
April to October
Tuesday to Friday from 1pm until 5pm.
Saturday and Sunday from 1pm until 6pm.
November to March
Tuesday to Friday from 1pm until 4pm.
Saturday and Sunday from 1pm until 5pm.
The house is closed on Mondays and throughout January.
Great West Road
+44 (0)20 8994 6757
Nearest Tube / Rail Station
190, 237, 267, H91