Wallace Collection

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The Wallace Collection is a national museum which displays the wonderful works of art collected in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries by the first four Marquesses of Hertford and Sir Richard Wallace, the son of the 4th Marquess. It was bequeathed to the British nation by Sir Richard's widow, Lady Wallace, in 1897.

Displayed at Hertford House, the main London townhouse of its former owners, the Wallace Collection presents its outstanding collections in a sumptuous but approachable manner which is an essential part of its charm.

It is probably best known for its paintings by artists such as Titian, Rembrandt, Hals (The Laughing Cavalier) and Velázquez and for its superb collections of eighteenth-century French paintings, porcelain, furniture and gold boxes, probably the best to be found anywhere outside France.

But there are also splendid medieval and Renaissance objects, including Limoges enamels, maiolica, glass and bronzes, as well as the finest array of princely arms and armour in Britain, featuring both European and Oriental objects.

Venue Type:

Museum, Gallery, Historic house or home

Opening hours

Mon-Sun 10:00-17:00

Closed: 24th-26th December

Admission charges

FREE ADMISSION

Additional info

Our library is open to the public by appointment only.

The twenty five galleries are a feast of French 18th Century paintings, furniture and porcelain from the Courts of Louis IV & IV of France and Marie Antoinette. The Wallace is also famous for Frans Hals's Laughing Cavalier and a host of other superb Old Master Paintings, as well as the biggest collection of antique arms and armour outside the Royal Armouries in Leeds.

Collection details

Archives, Decorative and Applied Art, Fine Art, Weapons and War, World Cultures

Key artists and exhibits

  • Hals
  • Boucher
  • Canneletto
  • Rubins
  • Rembrandt
  • Velasquez
  • Van Dyke
  • Reynolds
  • Gainsborough
  • Fragonard
  • Titian
  • Guardi
  • Watteau
  • Riesner & Boule furniture
  • Sevres Porcelain
Events details are listed below. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all. For events that don't have a specific date see the 'Resources' tab above.
Image of The Rainbow Landscape by Peter Paul Rubens

Civilisations Festival: Landscapes

  • 2 March 2018 1-1:45pm

The Civilisations Festival is a partnership between museums, galleries and the BBC to coincide with the broadcast of BBC Arts' Civilisations series in Spring 2018. At 1pm each weekday different curators from the Wallace Collection will present a gallery talk on topics that broaden understanding about what is meant by the term civilisation. This talk by Curator of Paintings Lelia Packer will look at the theme of 'Landscapes'. This talk will also have live subtitles for D/deaf and hard of hearing visitors. The speakers words will be displayed on handheld tablets.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Languages

  • Englaish

Admission

Free

Website

http://www.wallacecollection.org/whatson

Image of a golden and jewelled dagger made in early seventeenth century India

Civilisations Festival: Cultural Exchange

  • 5 March 2018 1-2pm

The Civilisations Festival is a partnership between museums, galleries and the BBC to coincide with the broadcast of BBC Arts' Civilisations series in spring 2018. At 1pm each weekday different curators from the Wallace Collection will present a gallery talk on topics that broaden understanding about what is meant by the term civilisation. This talk by Curator of Arms and Armour, Tobias Capwell will look at the theme of 'Cultural Exchange'.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Free

Website

http://www.wallacecollection.org/whatson

a picture of a pot pourri vase made by the Sèvres porcelain factory, France 1758. The vase is coloured green, white and gilded with painted images of flowers

Civilisations Festival: Colour

  • 6 March 2018 1-2pm

The Civilisations Festival is a partnership between museums, galleries and the BBC to coincide with the broadcast of BBC Arts' Civilisations series in spring 2018. At 1pm each weekday different curators from the Wallace Collection will present a gallery talk on topics that broaden understanding about what is meant by the term civilisation. This talk by Assistant Curator Laura Langelüddecke will focus on the theme of ‘Colour’.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Free

Website

http://www.wallacecollection.org/whatson

Image of a statuette of a figure of a warrior holding a spear. Made made from Pearl, silver and gold.

Civilisations Festival: Notions of the Renaissance

  • 7 March 2018 1-2pm

The Civilisations Festival is a partnership between museums, galleries and the BBC to coincide with the broadcast of BBC Arts' Civilisations series in spring 2018. At 1pm each weekday different curators from the Wallace Collection will present a gallery talk on topics that broaden understanding about what is meant by the term civilisation. This talk by Curatorial Assistant, Natalie Zimmer, will look at ‘Notions of the Renaissance’.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Free

Website

http://www.wallacecollection.org/whatson

image of the painting Perseus and Andromeda painted by Titian. The picture shows a naked Andromeda chained to a rock with Perseus in the sky swooping down to rescue her.

Civilisations Festival: The Human Form

  • 8 March 2018 1-2pm

The Civilisations Festival is a partnership between museums, galleries and the BBC to coincide with the broadcast of BBC Arts' Civilisations series in spring 2018. At 1pm each weekday different curators from the Wallace Collection will present a gallery talk on topics that broaden understanding about what is meant by the term civilisation. This talk by Curatorial Assistant Isabelle Kent will look at ‘The Human Form’.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Free

Website

http://www.wallacecollection.org/whatson

Picture showing the painting 'Dance to the Music of Time' by Poussin. A circle of figures who symbolise the Seasons dance to the music played by Father Time on his lyre.

Civilisations Festival: Depicting Time

  • 9 March 2018 1-2pm

The Civilisations Festival is a partnership between museums, galleries and the BBC to coincide with the broadcast of BBC Arts' Civilisations series in spring 2018. At 1pm each weekday different curators from the Wallace Collection will present a gallery talk on topics that broaden understanding about what is meant by the term civilisation. This talk by Curator of Paintings Lelia Packer will look at ‘the theme of ‘Depicting Time’.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Free

Website

http://www.wallacecollection.org/whatson

Resources listed here may include websites, bookable tours and workshops, books, loan boxes and more. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all.

Shooting Buildings website

http://www.shootingbuildings.com

During the Shooting Buildings project in 2008, students from two London schools worked with a professional photographer to explore architecture and space through digital photography, both at the Wallace Collection and at their schools. This online gallery is the exciting culmination of the 2008 workshops.

Creator

  • Wallace Collection
  • Olivia Hemingway
  • Elthorne Park High School
  • West London Academy School

How to obtain

We are running a similar project in spring term 2009. If you would like your school to participate please contact the Education Administrator on 020 7563 9551, or go to www.wallacecollection.org/learning

What's On listings

http://www.wallacecollection.org/whatson

The Wallace Collection has all kinds of events, talks, tours and activities to make your visit more special. Please click the link to see what's on.

How to obtain

Please browse the calendar or download the PDF file for information about our upcoming events and activities.

Wallace Collection
Hertford House
Manchester Square
London
Greater London
W1U 3BN
England

Website

The Main Website

www.wallacecollection.org

Wallace Prints

www.wallaceprints.org

Wallace Restaurant

www.thewallacerestaurant.co.uk

E-mail

Bookings

booking@wallacecollection.org

General Enquiries

enquiries@wallacecollection.org

Telephone

Education Department

020 7563 9551

General Enquiries

020 7563 9500

Fax

020 7224 2155

All information is drawn from or provided by the venues themselves and every effort is made to ensure it is correct. Please remember to double check opening hours with the venue concerned before making a special visit.
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