late-17th century house was the country home of the William
Hogarth, who lived from 1697-1764. The painter, engraver,
satirist and social reformer moved to Chiswick from Leicester
Fields, which was later Leicester
Square, in 1749 and remained here until his death.
Hogarth called the house, 'a
little country box by the Thames' , but today heavy traffic
goes along the Great West Road on its way to and from Heathrow
The satirist is immortalised
in the notoriously busy Hogarth Roundabout, just yards from
the house. Despite this environment, neglect and bombing
during World War II, the house has survived and is now a small
museum and gallery.
The museum describes Hogarth's
life and work and his range of interests. Exhibits include
engravings, drawings and other mementos in an otherwise empty
house. The collection of prints and engraved copies
includes examples of the moralistic, cartoon-like paintings
that made Hogarth's name. Cartoons such as include the
'Rake's Progress', 'Marriage a la Mode' and 'An Election Entertainment'.
The original 'Rake's Progress' is in the Sir
John Soane's Museum, Lincoln's Inn Fields.
Hogarth's House is surrounded
by a small, restored garden. The artist's grave is nearby,
in the grounds of Chiswick Church, close to the Thames.