Help conserve and restore the Hogarth

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Thanks to the City of Leicester Museums Trust 'Save the Hogarth Campaign', raised the £564,528 needed to secure the painting for Leicester but now we need your help to conserve it.

Further information

The story behind the painting

There were generous grants from the National Heritage Memorial Fund (NHMF) and Art Fund, and contributions made by you the public of Leicester.

The Friends of Leicester & Leicestershire Museums, The Leicester Archaeological & Historical Society, The Leicester Literary & Philosophical Society and The Golden Bottle Foundation also played a vital part in the fundraising campaign.

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 until September 2019.

How your donation will help

We now need your support to help conserve and restore the painting and frame. 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 donate

If you don't want to make a donation online, there are also three other ways you can contribute:

  1. Donate cash at New Walk Museum and Art Gallery.
  2. Donate by phone: 0116 225 4900
  3. 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.