Hogarth, Georgina

HOUSEKEEPER, ORGANISER (SCOTLAND)
BORN 22 Jan 1827, Edinburgh: 2 Nelson Street - DIED 17 Apr 1917, London: 72 Old Church Street, Chelsea
GRAVE LOCATION London: Old Mortlake Burial Ground, South Worple Way (Avenue Gardens) (Section R grave number 154)

Daughter of George Hogarth. In 1834 the family moved from Scotland to England, where George Hogarth worked as a music critic. Charles Dickens married her older sister Catherine and when Dickens and Catherine went to the USA in 1842 she cared for the children in England. She continued to live with her sister and her brother in law and acted as a housekeeper and organiser.

In 1858 Dickens decided to leave his wife. Georgina sided with Dickens and continued to run his household until his death in 1870. Some thought that Georgina was the cause of the divorce, but she was examined by doctors who stated that she was still a virgin. People like Thackeray knew that Dickens had an affair with the young actress Ellen Ternan and not with his sister in law.

When Dickens died he left Georgina 8,000 pounds and his private papers. Together with her sister Angela and advised by Wilkie Collins she edited his letters (three volumes, 1880-1882). Almost all family matters were left out. Georgina died in 1917 and was buried at Old Mortlake Burial Ground in London.

Family
• Father: Hogarth, George
• Sister: Hogarth, Mary Scott

Related persons
• worked for Dickens, Charles John Huffham
• was loved by Egg, Augustus Leopold

Sources
• Meller, Hugh, London Cemeteries, An illustrated Guide and Gazetteer, Avebury Publishing, Amersham, 1981
Georgina Hogarth - Wikipedia

Images

The grave of Georgina Hogarth at Old Mortlake Burial Ground, London.
Picture by Androom (27 Jun 2009)

 


Hogarth, Mary Scott

Published: 6 Jun 2010
Last update: 22 Jul 2014