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Published April 25th 2019
One (famous) man and his dog
There are many people who are constantly associated with London - Shakespeare, Dickens, and Hogarth... It is possible to see many things about the latter, as his works are scattered throughout central London, yet the place to actually see what he looked like is in a place not many may suspect - Chiswick High Road.
So, why Chiswick? After all, with works in most of the major museums and galleries of London, wouldn't it be more fitting to see him on the 4th plinth of Trafalgar Square, or maybe even inside the prestigious V&A? How about even the place he was born - Smithfield?
Whatever the reason, Hogarth seemed to be attached to the area, buying a second home as a country retreat (well it was the country in the mid-1750's), away from his actual home in Leicester Fields (which is also known as Leicester Square). Chiswick acted as a haven from the stress of the city as it allowed Hogarth a place to work, an area near friends and family, and a burial site along with the rest of the Hogarth relatives.
On to the statue then - it hasn't actually been around that long - in fact only since 2001, but the statue, with Hogarth in painting action clothes and in full pose, does come with an explanatory plaque and faithful pug dog by his side. If you want to see it, simply walk along Chiswick High Road and you'll find it outside Barclays Bank.