London as inspiration – famous Londoners
Many famous London residents have made their mark, using London as inspiration for their writing, paintings and other works of art or as the backdrop to their discoveries and inventions. Here are just a few.
The artist William Hogarth’s many paintings and etchings have fixed in our minds a view of 18th century London, warts and all! His domain was Smithfield, Covent Garden and Leicester Square from which he painted many of his famous scenes. You can visit his former home Hogarths’ House in the “country” (now Chiswick!)
Charles Dickens used the less savoury aspects of London life as the basis for his novels. You can visit the house where he lived in Doughty Street once he’d started to make his fortune.
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