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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.
Museum, Gallery, Historic house or home
Closed: 24th-26th December
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.
Archives, Decorative and Applied Art, Fine Art, Weapons and War, World Cultures
Key artists and exhibits
- Van Dyke
- Riesner & Boule furniture
- Sevres Porcelain
The Conservation of Marie-Antoinette's Commode by Jean-Henri Riesener
- 17 April — 17 December 2013 *on now
This remarkable chest-of-drawers was made for the Queen's most private room, her cabinet intérieur, at Versailles by Jean-Henri Riesener. Cabinet-maker to the French crown from 1774 to 1784 Riesener supplied more than seven hundred pieces of furniture to the French court. Exquisite pieces of furniture such as this enable us to glimpse something of the beauty of Marie-Antoinette's original cabinet intérieur, dismantled after only three years in favour of a more fashionable scheme
The Male Nude: Eighteenth-century Drawings from the Paris Academy
- 24 October 2013 — 19 January 2014 *on now
This exhibition, of nearly forty French drawings of male nude figures, all drawn between the late seventeenth and the late eighteenth centuries, is unprecedented in Britain.
Lent by France’s equivalent of the Royal Academy, the Ecole nationale supérieure des Beaux-Arts in Paris, many of the extraordinary drawings are by artists represented in the Wallace Collection, such as Rigaud, Boucher, Nattier, Carle van Loo, Gros and Jean-Baptiste Isabey.
The Wallace Collection displays one of the greatest collections of eighteenth-century French paintings in the world, and these drawings from Paris will make an excellent complement to them.
White Light/White Heat: Contemporary Artists & Glass
- 27 November 2013 — 26 January 2014 *on now
This display is a unique collaboration between the Berengo Glass Studio, Venice, the London College of Fashion and the Wallace Collection. It features the work of major contemporary artists and designers, many using glass as a medium for the first time and shows selected works from a project created for the 55th Venice Biennale entitled Glasstress: White Light/White Heat.
Included in the display are works by Tracey Emin, Charlotte Hodes and Polly Apfelbaum amongst others.
A Cracking Wallace Christmas!
- 23 December 2013 11am-1pm
Come along and make a fun Christmas cracker and belt out some carols with The Wallace Collection's Education Department. Don't forget to bring a cracking joke!
The Little Draw
- 5 January 2014 1:30-4:30pm
- 2 February 2014 1:30-4:30pm
Anna works in a number of different mediums including painting, screen printing and etching to explore the flora and fauna that surrounds her. She is interested in repeat design, pattern and decoration and how this stems from nature, using plants to create still life and imagined landscapes. In these monthly workshops Anna will respond to the organic forms used in decoration, looking closely at the soft furnishings, fabrics and guilding in and around the Wallace Collection. Free drop-in drawing workshop for all ages and abilities.
- Any age
- Family friendly
Young Peoples Workshop: Shadow, Light and Glass
- 15 February 2014 11am-4pm
Join award winning glass artist Helen Maurer for an experimental workshop combining light and glass.
You will make slides and create unusual still-lives and landscapes by projecting them through objects to create scenes on the wall. Your explorations will be photographed and filmed as a record of the day.
- 18 February 2014 11am-12pm, 2-3pm
Discover the legend of the most expensive flower in the garden;- a flower so beautiful that sailors crossed oceans to find and merchants swapped their fortunes for just a single bulb. A flower of magic, miracles and mysteries - the tulip. In this storytelling session with Olivia Armstrong you will discover a magical way to grow a striped tulip, hear how one gardener found a strange way to protect his blooms and meet the lonely dragon who breathed fiery life into the very first tulip.
- Any age
- 20 February 2014 10:30am-12:15pm, 2-3:45pm
To celebrate Open Furniture February come and design your own pop-up furniture from the Wallace Collection! Join artist Agnieszka Arabska on a journey through different styles of furniture and leave the workshop with your own 3D paper project.
Shooting Buildings website
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.
- 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
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.