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.
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. Besides the regular display of Hogarth’s work which is integral to the house, there are often exhibitions on specific themes. Wheelchair accessible.