Save the Hogarth

Help the City of Leicester Museums Trust secure the future of ‘The Wollaston Family’ by William Hogarth. Make a donation to the fund to help save and conserve this painting for Leicester.

Further information

The story behind the painting

The Wollaston Family by William Hogarth was painted in 1730 and was passed down through the Leicestershire Wollaston family until it was loaned to New Walk Museum and Art Gallery 75 years ago. It has been enjoyed by generations of gallery visitors ever since.

The family are offering the painting to the nation in settlement of inheritance tax, and the City of Leicester Museums Trust has the unique opportunity to acquire it.

What's special about The Wollaston Family?

The Wollaston Family is one of William Hogarth’s most ambitious early oil paintings. Known as a ‘conversation piece’ it includes portraits of 17 people playing cards and taking tea in a sumptuous interior. We know the names and relationships of many of the sitters through a key that was made in the 18th century. In the foreground, a mischievous little pug looks straight at the viewer. This is quite possibly the painter’s own dog.

The majority of Hogarth’s paintings on public view in the UK are found in London’s national museums and institutions.

Where is the painting?

The Wollaston Family is on display at New Walk Museum and Art Gallery.

How your donation will help

The City of Leicester Museums Trust is raising funds to save Hogarth’s Wollaston Family for Leicester. The trust have secured the funds required, but they need your support to demonstrate how much this painting means to the people of Leicester. Even a small donation however small will make a difference. The aim is to conservation clean the painting, present the work in a flagship solo exhibition and develop additional learning resources to support the significance of this key work and artist within our collection.

Other ways to give

  • Donate cash at New Walk Museum and Art Gallery.
  • Donate by phone: 0116 225 4900
  • Send a cheque payable to ‘Leicester City Council (Hogarth)’ to: City of Leicester Museums Trust, C/o Leicester Arts and Museums Service, Leicester City Council, Town Hall, Town Hall Square, Leicester LE1 9BG

Want to make a large donation?

The City of Leicester Museums Trust are very grateful to individuals or companies who wish to make a substantial contribution to the fund. For further information on the best options and how we can offer suitable acknowledgment, please send an email

Who's who in 'The Wollaston Family'?

To find out who the individuals are in the painting, please see the attachment at the bottom of this page.

Contact us

If you have an enquiry about this appeal, require further information or would like to discuss other means of support, please send an email.

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