The house in which William Hogarth lived is on the A4, the main road out of London, right up against the Hogarth roundabout with only a beautiful wall between it and six lanes of modern traffic. It’s a lovely place, and I went there for the first time a week ago with a bevy of charming historical authors – Essie Fox, Lynn Shepherd, Kate Mayfield, Denise Meredith, Kate Colquhoun – as well as publisher Lisa Highton and London Historians supremo Mike Paterson. Thanks to them all for organising and being such lovely company, and thanks to Val Bott, who’s been instrumental in organising the recent renovations for the house and who gave us a fantastic introduction (including exclusive access to the attic).
The house is, as you’d expect, festooned with Hogarth prints, which never gets boring. But the real reason for going is to experience the quiet solidity of a comfortable Georgian household, and get a feel for a world where objects were cherished and families were at the centre of life. It’s a long, long way from Gin Lane.
My Flickr slideshow is here, or you can view the pics embedded below. They’re not very good. Go yourself and take better ones….