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Commemorating the Hogarth family's pets

Funded on Spacehive 22 April 2019 Delivered 30 August 2023

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Commemorating the Hogarth family's pets

Commemorating the Hogarth family's pets

Val Bott By Val Bott

Help us create replica memorial stones to Dick the drake and Pompey the dog in the new garden at Hogarth’s House, offering opportunities for learning and community activities.

Hounslow Delivery stage

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This project was funded on 22 Apr 2019!

The touching memorials were in the garden until at least 1850 but have disappeared without trace. The carving shows that Dick was a drake; he may have lived with a small flock of ducks laying eggs for the Hogarths. The unique long-billed Memento Mori carving may originally have been executed by Hogarth himself. The tribute to Pompey came long after William Hogarth’s time, so would have been installed by the lively women of the Hogarth household. The dog was probably named after the canine hero of a best-selling 18th century satirical novel “The History of Pompey the Little, or the Life and Adventure of a Lap-Dog”. Was Pompey a little lapdog or was this an ironic and humorous name for another tough pug like those Hogarth loved? The replica memorials are part of the Mulberry Garden project, which will create a learning studio and an innovative "exhibition garden" as a venue for activities and events to engage new audiences with Hogarth and the other past residents.

What we'll deliver:

  • Devise the design of the two memorials
  • Commission their production by a skilled stonemason
  • Install them in the new Mulberry Garden
  • Include them in garden trails for visitors
  • Integrate the animals into school learning sessions and family activities

Why it's a great idea:

Our very successful 2016 exhibition looked at the affectionate way in which Hogarth depicted animals and the emotional links between animal and owner. It also compared 18th century attitudes to animals with those of today. We know visitors are intrigued by this theme. The new garden will provide a high quality setting for the House, telling the whole story of the site from its origins as a 1680s orchard through life as a domestic garden and a nursery, and incorporating Hogarth's theories of art, such as his scrolling Line of Beauty, in planting and design features. Lost elements are being re-created including a skittle alley, a nut-walk and the pet memorials. The project will allow Hogarth’s House to welcome many more visitors, increase its educational impact and involve local people of all ages in heritage and horticulture. More details about the pet memorials, the Mulberry Garden Project and Hogarth's House are available at

Steps to get it done:

  • Commission stonemason, April 2019
  • Review designs and authorise work to begin, May-June 2019
  • Arrange delivery and installation, late Summer 2019
  • Opening of the new Mulberry Garden, Summer/Autumn 2019
  • Hogarth's Animals Event in the Garden, Autumn 2019


Location Hounslow

About the space

Hogarth's House, Hogarth Lane, London W4 2QN


London Borough of Hounslow

How will the money be spent?Total £2,131

Creation and installation of replica memorial stones - £2,000 (94%)
Other - £131 (6%)

Costs Breakdown

This shows how money raised for the project will be spent. These costs have been confirmed by the project's Delivery Manager and verified.

Creation and installation of replica memorial stones
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  • Spacehive fees
  • VAT
  • Transaction Fees

Total £2,131

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