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Hogarth Lane · interesting places nearby
Hogarth’s House information
Home between 1749 and 1764 to artist and social commentator William Hogarth, this recently restored small house displays his caricatures and engravings, with such works as the haunting Gin Lane (and the less well-known, more affirmative Beer Street ), Marriage-à-la-mode and copies of A Rake’s Progress and The Four Stages of Cruelty .
The low ceiling of the narrow staircase is a head-bumping reminder that the Sergeant Painter to the King was under five foot at full stretch. The house was bombed by the Luftwaffe in 1940, but the artist's mulberry tree survived and still flourishes in the garden (which would be a quiet retreat were it not for the roaring dual carriageway beyond the wall), accompanied by daffodils in spring. Prints and postcards are available from the downstairs shop.