Chiswick walking trail – Art & Artists
Karen Liebreich and Sarah Cruz of Abundance London have co-created a map showing the homes of many of the well-known artists who have lived in Chiswick over the centuries.
This is a walk that you can do at your leisure; just download the map to print it out and follow it.
DOWNLOAD HERE: Art & Artists – Chiswick walking trail map
Image above: Jan Pienkowski’s image of the Russian Orthodox Cathedral in Chiswick
Famous artists who have lived in Chiswick
Chiswick has been home to several very famous artists. The best known is William Hogarth, but William Turner painted the River Thames at Kew Bridge and French Impressionist painter Camille Pisarro stayed in Bedford Park in 1987 and made several paintings of the area. Our best known 20th century artist is Sir William Blake, who designed the famous Sgt. Pepper album cover for the Beatles.
Karen and Sarah put together the artists walking trail in 2017 when they created the Chiswick Timeline, a mural under the railway bridge at Turnham Green Terrace of a series of old maps showing how Chiswick had changed over time. They included images of paintings by some of the area’s best known artists.
The map shows 19 sites of artistic interest in Chiswick.
Image above: Corney House by Jacob Knyff, 1676
17th Century – Leonard and Jacob Knyff
In the 17th century Leonard and Jacob Knyff painted local scenes which have survived, including The House at Chiswick (1698-9) and Corney House (with Church of St Nicholas, 1676).
Images above: Johann Zoffany; Zoffany’s painting The Tribuna of the Uffizi 1772-77; The Royal Collection
18th Century – Johann Zoffany, William Hogarth
The high society painter favoured by royalty, Johann Zoffany, and Chiswick’s most famous historical figure, the political satirist and painter William Hogarth, both lived here in the 18th century, when Chiswick was for them a country retreat.
Images above: William Hogarth; Hogarth’s house
19th Century – William Turner, Camille Pissarro, Frederick Hamilton Jackson
The 19th century saw another of the great English artists, William Turner painting the River Thames at Kew Bridge and Strand on the Green, and Impressionist painter Camille Pissarro also painting Chiswick scenes. Frederick Hamilton Jackson, who lived in Bedford Park and was a co-director of the Chiswick School of Art, designed the poster to promote Bedford Park as the ‘Healthiest Place in the World.’
Images above: Pissarro’s paintings of the railway at Stamford Brook and Bath Rd
20th Century – Charles Voysey, Sir John Lavery, Richard T Cooper, Anthea Craigmyle, Mary Fedden and Julian Trevelyan
At the beginning of the 20th century, English architect and furniture and textile designer Charles Voysey designed Voysey House, built in 1902 as an extension to the Sanderson wallpaper factory.
Sir John Lavery painted Chiswick Baths c1929, capturing the new fashion for open air swimming pools that emerged in London at the turn of the 20th century.
Richard T Cooper painted the Boat Race centenary in 1929 and Anthea Craigmyle painted Chiswick scenes throughout her life from her house on Chiswick Mall, which was home also to artists Mary Fedden and Julian Trevelyan. Eric Ravilious, who lived nearby in Hammersmith, also painted Chiswick Eyot.
Image above: Sir John Lavery painting, Chiswick Baths c1929; Anthea Craigmyle, Mother and child with birds, Chiswick Park
Sir Peter Blake, Marthe Armitage, Jan Pienkowski
When Karen and Sarah created the Chiswick Timeline, as well as printing huge panels of maps from different periods of Chiswick’s history and reproducing art works by celebrated long dead artists, they also commissioned works from Jan Pienkowski, Sir Peter Blake and Marthe Armitage specially for the Timeline.
Images above: Sit Peter Blake, with his Empire House collage; Marthe Armitage with one of her wallpaper prints
Explore the cultural history of Chiswick online and on foot.
SEE ALSO: Profile of the artist Johann Zoffany
SEE ALSO: Profile of the artist and pattenmaker Marthe Armitage
SEE ALSO: The creation of the Chiswick Timeline
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