Not only is there a smashing exhibition of celebrity self-portraits, The Small Self, but there are some new items in the shop at Hogarth’s House. Pop in as a relief from Christmas shopping or in order to do a bit of Christmas-gift-buying. It is also the perfect place tyo take the visiting friends and relatives over the holidays. The full colour catalogue of The Small Self, with images of all of the 53 self-portraits contributed for the exhibition, plus Hogarth’s own self-portraits, is also available at £6.95. The House is open every day except Monday, 12 noon to 5pm, admission free, and the exhibition continues until 11 January.
Guardian cartoonist, Martin Rowson, a passionate Hogarth enthusiast, produced a Hogarth-inspired drawing, Hogarth’s Roundabout, to mark the 300th anniversary of the artist’s birth in 1997. An A3 reproduction on good quality paper can be purchased ready to frame at £15 a copy. To mark the 250th anniversary of Hogarth’s death the same image has now been adapted to create a high quality cotton tea towel, great fun at £10.
In addition, Martin has produced an imaginative image for a special pug mug. Printed in black on a white bone china mug, the pug stares out at you while you drink, but he is peeing Hogarth’s famous “Line of Beauty”, which runs around the mug to land in a splash on the other side! The mugs cost £8.95 each.