With this in mind, we were delighted to discover that the London house of Hogarth re-opens this month following an intensive restoration project.
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.
The house would have originally been surrounded by green fields and woodland (below), but has now been enclosed by London’s urban sprawl.
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.
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.