HOGARTH AND HIS PUG DOG
statue to be provided with canine
William Hogarth, one of the great
painters of the 18th century, will
be commemorated in a fine statue
by Jim Mathieson later this year.
The local fund-raising committee,
operating under the wing of the Chiswick
Traders' Association, is proud
to announce that it has now reached
its original target sum of £50,000.
The statue will be un-veiled in Chiswick
High Road in the autumn, a short
walk from the artist's summer home,
which is now a museum in his memory.
committee is planning to add the
figure of a dog alongside the statue
of the artist. As Hogarth included
a pug called Trump alongside him
in one of his self-portraits, we
feel sure that he would always have
been seen around Chiswick with a
pug at his heels. His contemporaries
saw this as part of Hogarth's sense
of humour; an admirer even wrote
a pamphlet of conversations with
"I may appear nothing more
then you would call a Pug, yet within
this canine form an heavenly emanation
dwells, the genius that inspired
Hogarth in all his performances".
now there will be one final fund-raising
effort, to provide the extra £10,000
that is needed to commission and
cast this additional piece of the
sculpture. The first donations for
the pug are already coming in and
anyone wishing to add their own gift
towards the cost should make their
cheque out to the "CTA Hogarth
Millennium Fund" and send it
to the Chiswick Traders' Association,
8 Heathfield Gardens London W4 4JY.
may have lived three centuries ago,
but his interests lay in matters
which strike many chords with people
appear in many of his works
- a pet monkey, a dog stealing
food, pigs scampering away from
a crowd - but his series of
prints, Four Stages of Cruelty,
against the horrors of London
crime, show his abhorrence of
His fondness for children is
clear in his paintings, such
as those of the Ranby children,
who lived near him in Chiswick.
And he was an energetic supporter
of the Foundling Hospital, fostering
some of its children each summer
at his Chiswick house.
was sympathetic to the ordinary
people of London, includ-ing
the many black people who were
his contemporaries, and portrays
them with affection, both in
conversation pieces and amongst
the crowds on the street.
hated injustice and the corruption
of his time, showing it in some
of his work, such as his series
of pictures of an election.
He was also outraged that others
produced pirated versions of
his prints without any return
for himself, campaigning successfully
in 1735 for the first ever Act
of Parliament which protected
artists' intellectual property
dog will serve to symbolise his humanity.
you want to pledge some money then
send a cheque to: Chiswick Traders'
c/o 8 Heathfield Gardens W4 4JY.
Make your cheque payable to "Chiswick
Traders Association Millennium Fund"