Hogarth’s house

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.

See the home he lived in and a large collection of his work.

Images above: Hogarth’s house 

A country retreat

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, 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 occasional exhibitions on specific themes.

Hogarth had a ‘painting room’ at the bottom of the garden where he worked until a few days before his death in 1764.

Images above: Entry to Hogarth’s house from the A4; William Hogarth, ‘The Painter and his Pug’, 1745 self-portrait with his dog Trump, Tate Gallery

Usually the house is open Tuesday to Sunday from 12.00 noon to 5.00pm, with special openings on Bank Holiday Mondays. The House is closed on Good Friday, Easter Sunday, Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day.

Wheelchair accessible. Free admission.

For more information please email hogarthshouse@hounslow.gov.uk or call 0208 994 6757.

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