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CHISWICK The house has always been a showcase for great works of art and a venue for grand parties. Inside, get a feel for the luxury of the times in the Blue Velvet Room with its opulent blue and gold ceiling depicting the goddess of architecture, or from the gallery’s splendid apses, half-moon features copied from the Temple of Venus and Roma. There’s a whole list of interesting and beautiful sculptures, paintings and furniture on show, including the eight paintings of the garden by Dutch artist Pieter Andreas Rysbrack, a statue of England’s first significant architect Inigo Jones and the Chiswick tables, carved gilded figures supporting ornate marbled tops. The house has a long and complex history. It was a country retreat to successive members of the Burlington family, including Georgiana Spencer, Duchess of Devonshire, an ancestor of Princess Diana. She welcomed dozens of important guests to the house over the years, from the German composer George Fridreric Handel to Queen Victoria and Prince Albert. However, despite such an eminent past, by 1892 the house was used as a mental institution before being passed to the Ministry of Works in the 1950s for some much-needed restoration.

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Hogarth House, once the quiet country retreat of the famous English painter and engraver William Hogarth, now has the noisy A4 right alongside it. Built in the 1700s, in the corner of an orchard, Hogarth bought the house as a weekend and summer home to escape the noise of his London house in what is now Leicester Square. You enter this grade I listed house via a pleasant walled garden and as you step through the gates you see an ancient mulberry tree. It’s said the Hogarths made mulberry pies from the fruit of the tree that they then fed to the abandoned children who stayed with them.

A self-portrait by William Hogarth

Hounslow Pocket Guide 2015  

Published in partnership with the London Borough of Hounslow. 20,000 copies printed and distributed in July/August 2015.

Hounslow Pocket Guide 2015  

Published in partnership with the London Borough of Hounslow. 20,000 copies printed and distributed in July/August 2015.

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