House of Beauty Reopens in London

The British artist William Hogarth’s ‘Line of Beauty’ is central to the design philosophy of the Keno Bros., and is also reflected in many of the classical forms from Theodore Alexander.

With this in mind, we were delighted to discover that the London house of Hogarth re-opens this month following an intensive restoration project.

Hogarth's House as it stands today

Built in the early 18th century as a rural retreat for the artist, the interior has been restored using careful paint analysis and original architectural elements.

An interior view of the house prior to the devastating fire. Image reproduced from An interior view of Hogarth's House prior to the devastating fire. Image from Flickr user bramhall.

The house would have originally been surrounded by green fields and woodland (below), but has now been enclosed by London’s urban sprawl.

An early view of Hogarth's House in Chiswick. London

Hogarth’s ‘Line of Beauty’ is outlined in his 1753 book ‘The Analysis of Beauty’, a work that explores art, beauty and variety in nature. According to Hogarth’s philosophy, S-shaped lines signify visual liveliness and captures the attention of the viewer in a way that a straight line cannot.

The Analysis of Beauty, by William Hogarth, 1753

As Leigh and Leslie Keno state:

Multiple curves with their undulations, peaks, and dips lead the viewer’s eye on a chase.

which is reflected in the gentle cabriole legs and serpentine forms of their designs.

Hogarth’s House is free to enter and is open 12 noon to 5pm Tuesday to Sunday.

 

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