William Hogarth Trust
registered charity no.1092251

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Hogarth’s House update of update

We are very pleased that the House is once again open to visitors now that the York stone paving between the gate and the front door has been completed. It is now possible to announce the two extra short periods of closure, on 13 June and on 6 to9 July, when power and water supplies will be brought in from the A4 outside. The second closure is for 3 days so that the Listed York stone steps can be reinstated Please check for details here

Meanwhile work on the learning studio is proceeding, though very slowly. It is looking remarkably handsome, with the roof over the linking building reflecting the curves of Hogarth’s ‘Line of Beauty’ and echoing the glazed wall beneath, overlooking the garden. We hope it will open in the autumn.

The Spacehive crowd-funding scheme – to raise money for replicas of the Hogarth family’s pet memorials – was tremendously successful and brought us pledges of £2,133, just one day before the crucial deadline. All of the pledges have been honoured and the very welcome donations have been received. This is to be part of the creation of the ‘exhibition garden’ where planting and features will tell the story of the plot from its enclosure as a mixed orchard in the 1670s to the present.

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