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 save 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 the most important British paintings of the 18th Century. It’s a defining work of its time, which helped establish a style of portraiture and painting that would dominate British art for a century.

Few Hogarth oil paintings can be seen outside of London, and this is the only one in the Midlands.

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 need to raise over £550,000 by 28 February 2019 to save Hogarth’s Wollaston Family for Leicester. The trust are applying to funding bodies, and have secured over 25 percent of 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 target for crowdfunding donations is £16,600.

If they are successful in purchasing The Wollaston Family, the aim is to develop additional learning resources to support the significance of this key work and artist within our collection.

What happens to my donation if the target is reached?

Online donations and cheques will only be processed if the target is met. Larger pledges which have been received by identified donors can be refunded. 

Any anonymous gifts or cash and credit-card donations made at the museum cannot be refunded, but will be used to support the collections programme at New Walk Museum instead.

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

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.