Pitzhanger Manor was the country estate of Sir John Soane, and is now a beautiful museum in Ealing. The Manor and Gallery reopened at the beginning of September with a new exhibition, Hogarth: London Voices, London Lives. It couldn’t be more relevant for a post-lockdown exhibition in London.

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Pizthanger Manor | Sir John Soane

Sir John Soane was one of Britain’s most visionary architects; he loved natural light and neoclassical style. Since the early nineteenth century, his London home in Lincoln Fields has been a national museum.

His former country home, Pitzhanger Manor, is now an exquisite little museum. Showcasing beautiful exhibitions whilst allowing you to wander around the beautifully proportioned rooms of his home. 

Last year, after a major restoration, the manor reopened with a stunning exhibition by Anish Kapoor, that followed with ES Devlin’s Memory Palace exhibition.

Hogarth: London Voices, London Lives | What to expect

The exhibition unites Hogarth’s famous series, A Rake’s Progress, with works by contemporary artists to offer a modern reading of London and its social challenges.

Soane originally purchased A Rake’s Progress in order to inspire and entertain his guests. This is the first time the paintings have returned to Pitzhanger Manor.

The series of eight paintings depicts the rise and fall of Tom Rakewell, a young man who inherits a fortune and loses himself in a lavish London world of gambling and orgies, consequently succumbing to financial ruin and madness.

The series still has great resonance. The exhibition builds on its observations of London culture to reflect on life in the capital today.

Through photography, film and sound, the contemporary works explore a broader view of society. Together, they offer a snapshot of the people and places that give life to London, from the challenges of retaining outdoor public spaces to the polarising views expressed on social media.

Verdict | Hogarth: London Voices, London Lives

In short, the exhibition feels particular pertinent as we navigate the impact of Coronavirus in all communities across London.

The Manor and the grounds are also outstandingly beautiful, so definitely worth a visit.

Pitzhanger have also just launched an exciting sale of limited edition works by leading artists; including Emily Allchurch and Anish Kapoor, raising vital funds to help the manor’s recovery and future learning programmes.

Hogarth: London Voices, London Lives runs until December 2020. Booking essential for timed entry