Hogarth's House to Re-open This Week

Artist's possessions back in house after 200 years

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As final preparations are made for next week's reopening of Hogarth's House, a number of personal items have been returned to the House after an absence of over 200 years. These include a little portable chest in which Hogarth kept his colours, his palette, his punchbowl, and a mourning ring commemorating his wife Jane.

The items, which were flown in from Aberdeen on Thursday, formed part of a private collection gathered by a Scottish granite merchant with the surname Hogarth. He purchased a number of items at auction over the years, believing himself to be a relative of the famous artist and philanthropist. There was no connection found between the two Hogarth's and the items were donated to an Aberdeen museum.

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They now form part of the collection which can be viewed by the public when the house reopens after its renovation, on Tuesday, November 8th, from 12 noon-5 p.m. It will then be open on Tuesdays to Sundays. Admission free.

Hogarth's cabinet: Aberdeen Art Gallery Museums and Collections

For opening hours and further information: www.hounslow.info/arts/hogarthshouse or ring 020 8994 6757.

November 8, 2011