The Italian poet, Ugo Foscolo, lived in London for the last eleven years of his life. He died in Turnham Green, a suburb adjoining Chiswick, and was buried in the graveyard of St Nicholas, Chiswick – the same resting place as for William Hogarth (see previous blog).
In 1871, at the behest of the King of Italy, Foscolo’s remains were moved to Santa Croce in Florence.
It’s a short walk from Hogarth House to the church of St Nicholas where William Hogarth is buried in an impressive tomb.
Another later occupant of Hogarth House, was Henry Cary, a clergyman, scholar and author who published a translation of Dante’s “The Divine Comedy” in 1814. His translation in blank verse is still in print.
Hogarth House in Chiswick is a little hard to find, but is well worth the visit. Hogarth bought the house as a summer retreat and even though it is now a museum it still has the feeling of being lived in. Many of Hogarth’s prints are on display.
Nearby is neo-Palladian Chiswick House and its impressive garden which you can also visit.
In 1749, William Hogarth (see previous blog), bought a small house by the river at Chiswick. We visited the house, which is now a museum, when we were in London last year. Walking from Turnham Green tube station to Chiswick High Road we came across this statue of Hogarth.