Arthur Phillip (see previous post) was born within earshot of the bells of Mary-le-Bow church which makes him a Cockney. He was baptised in All Hallows, Bread Street, which was a Wren designed church rebuilt after the Great Fire of London and demolished in 1878. A monument to Phillip was erected in St Mildred’s, Bread Street in 1932, but this church too was destroyed in WWII bombing. Phillip’s bust was rescued from the ruins and placed in nearby Mary-le-Bow. More details about how Phillip rose from his lowly beginnings to become an admiral in the British Navy can be found in Michael Pembroke’s interesting biography.
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.
The artist, William Hogarth, was another important benefactor of the Foundling Hospital (see previous post). He donated many paintings and prints and encouraged other artists to do the same, forming what became England’s first public art gallery. This print, “Gin Lane”, is one of many works by Hogarth that you can see at the Foundling Hospital Museum in Brunswick Square in Bloomsbury.
In the opposite corner of Brunswick Square to the Barrie house is the Foundling Hospital Museum. Founded in the late 18th century to care for destitute children, the museum now has interesting exhibitions about its history, and rooms that honour two important benefactors, Handel and Hogarth.
The great German/English composer, George Frideric Handel, organised an annual benefit concert and left the manuscript of his masterpiece, “the Messiah” to the hospital.
Handel’s music is celebrated on the top floor of the museum, where there is this interesting timeline wheel which connects Handel’s life with other historic events of the period.
Jerome K Jerome is another late 19th century/early 20th century writer who is remembered with a plaque in Bloomsbury. Jerome, the author of “Three Men in a Boat”, lived briefly at 32 Tavistock Place.
Jerome was a friend of J.M. Barrie (see previous post) and a member of Barrie’s amateur cricket team along with other writers such as Rudyard Kipling and H. G. Wells.
Today is the birthday of J.M. Barrie, the creator of Peter Pan. While in London, we passed by one of the first places where he lived when he came from Scotland in 1885. A blue plaque marks the spot where Barrie lived in lodgings, on the corner of Grenville and Bernard streets, in a building which no longer exists. In Peter Pan, this house became the Darlings home where Peter flew in to meet Wendy.