William Hogarth Trust
registered charity no.1092251

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The Handsome Learning Studio takes shape

Our trustees began the thinking process for the future of Hogarth’s House by taking advice from garden historians, local historians, landscape architects and architects. It was clear the House needed a new space for learning and events as well as a garden that did justice to the Grade I Listed building. In partnership with the Hogarth’s House Trust/Hounslow Council, we developed the Mulberry Garden Project. Steve Pike, of AcanthusLW in Chiswick, was commissioned to design a building which was honestly modern, with no hint of Georgian pastiche, suitable for a garden, elegant enough for fabulous events and robust enough to house a learning programme with children and families in muddy boots. He has given us all of this!

4 years on, and a huge amount of fund-raising later, the new learning and events studio is beginning to be built. The photos taken from the top floor of the House show the Glulam frame, which will be clad in glass and given a green roof. It will be linked to the House by a beautiful curving wall of glass, following Hogarth’s serpentine “Line of Beauty”. We are very excited and hope visitors will be too whe it is completed next year! More about the garden will be reported in future posts.

Hogarth’s House re-opening 22 September 2018

A Trust working party, including an art historian, artist, conservator, curator, garden designer and media specialist, spent days supporting the manager of the House this week in preparing the House for its re-opening. The upper floor has been repaired, with a new lime and hair plaster ceiling in the Parlour and repairs to the stone surround of the fire opening in a bedroom which shattered when it fell. Both suffered damage when the House shifted during the re-development next door.

The team carefully removed plaster dust throughout, cleaned and repaired exhibits like the replica toy theatre and Hogarth’s clothing, polished finger prints from the printing plate which Hogarth engraved, and reinstated the entire display of prints and artefacts on the second floor. Worn paint on panelling and skirtings has been retouched, the front door has a new coat of deep blue-green gloss and weeds have been removed from the paving. It is ready to welcome visitors once again.

Though the garden is boarded off, and will remain a building site for the construction of the new learning studio until at least the spring of 2019, the House looks wonderful once more and is well worth a visit. The building will be open 12 noon to 5pm, every day except Mondays, and during London Open House weekend, 22 & 23 September, there will be tours every 90 mins between 1pm and 4pm, maximum 10 people, first come first served. Admission is free