William Hogarth Trust
registered charity no.1092251

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Raising funds for the pet memorials

The memorials in 1853

Please help us raise funds for a small but important element of the Mulberry Garden Project! Donations can be made here: https://www.spacehive.com/commemorating-hogarth-pets

The Trust’s crowd-funding website aims to raise funds to pay for high quality replicas of the touching pet memorials; they were in the garden until at least 1850 but have disappeared without trace. The carving shows that Dick was a drake; he may have lived with a small flock of ducks laying eggs for the Hogarths. The unique long-billed Memento Mori carving may originally have been executed by Hogarth himself. The tribute to Pompey came long after William Hogarth’s time, so would have been installed by the lively women of the Hogarth household. The dog was probably named after the canine hero of a best-selling 18th century satirical novel “The History of Pompey the Little, or the Life and Adventure of a Lap-Dog”. Was Pompey a little lapdog or was this an ironic and humorous name for another tough pug like those Hogarth loved? The replica memorials are part of the Mulberry Garden project, which will create a learning studio and an innovative “exhibition garden” as a venue for activities and events to engage new audiences with Hogarth and the other past residents.

What we’ll deliver:

  • Devise the design of the two memorials
  • Commission their production by a skilled stonemason
  • Install them in the new Mulberry Garden
  • Include them in garden trails for visitors
  • Integrate the animals into school learning sessions and family activities

The very successful 2016 exhibition at Hogarth’s House looked at the affectionate way in which Hogarth depicted animals and the emotional links between animal and owner. It also compared 18th century attitudes to animals with those of today. We know visitors are intrigued by this theme. The new garden will provide a high quality setting for the House, telling the whole story of the site from its origins as a 1680s orchard through life as a domestic garden and a nursery, and incorporating Hogarth’s theories of art, such as his scrolling Line of Beauty, in planting and design features. Lost elements are being re-created including a skittle ground, a nut-walk and the pet memorials. The project will allow Hogarth’s House to welcome many more visitors, increase its educational impact and involve local people of all ages in heritage and horticulture. More details about the pet memorials, the Mulberry Garden Project and Hogarth’s House are available at www.williamhogarthtrust.org.uk

Steps to get it done:

  • Commission stonemason, April 2019
  • Review designs and authorise work to begin, May-June 2019
  • Arrange delivery and installation, late Summer 2019
  • Opening of the new Mulberry Garden, Summer/Autumn 2019
  • Hogarth’s Animals Event in the Garden, Autumn 2019

Hogarth’s House closed for the time being . . .

Hogarth’s House was closed to the public between 5 and 25 March to allow works which are part of the Mulberry Garden Project to be undertaken. However, this work has not yet been completed so the House will remain closed while access is made safe.

The contractors have been bringing in services for the new Learning Studio from the road, rebuilding the steps at the gate and then installing new York stone paving in front of the House. This why it isn’t be possible to reach the front door safely. We knew short periods of closure would be needed and that potential visitors would be disappointed by this, but it is very exciting to see the works in progress and the end product will be terrific!