Monday, 16 January 2017

Wallace Collection


Thanks for calling in.

The Wallace Collection, housed in Hertford House, London, is a national museum displaying art collected by the first four Marquesses of Hertford and Sir Richard Wallace, son of the fourth Marquess and bequeathed to the Nation by Sir Richard's widow in 1897.  According to the terms of her will, the collection is closed - nothing can be taken away  or added to it.

There are works of the highest quality to be admired, from paintings by Canaletto, Reynolds, Titian, Rembrandt including The Laughing Cavalier by Frans Hals, to ceramics, sculpture, armour and furniture, which belonged to Marie Antoinette and the Kings of France from Versailles, all in beautiful settings.

There is no charge to visit the Collection and in the centre of the building, the courtyard has been covered by a roof to provide a spacious cafe and restaurant so it is a great place to pop in if you are near Manchester Square, not far from Oxford Street and all the hustle and bustle of the shops.

Covered courtyard with restaurant

Italian - An allegorical portrait of Asia

Sevres porcelain

Back State Room

Robert Dudley 1560-5 attrbuted to Stephen van der Meulen

Curtains and tassles

The Large Drawing Room

The Oval Drawing Room

This desk is a simpler version of one made for Kind Louis XV at Versailles.  Just one key in the lock will open the roll top which when rolled back, hits a ratchet and releases the internal and exterior drawers.  Made by Riesener in 1770.

Small Drawing Room

West Room - Painting of Nelly O'Brien by Joshua Reynolds

The Laughing Cavalier by Frans Hals in the Great Gallery

The Great Gallery refurbished in 2014

Hertford House from the front entrance

Sir Richard Wallace gained a Legion of Honour and was made a Baronet by Queen Victoria for his charitable works following the siege of Paris, where he lived at the time, which included installing 50 of these drinking fountains in the city.
I hope you have enjoyed a quick taster of this Museum, nothing beats looking at the real thing and admiring all the intricacies and workmanship.



  1. I was wondering if I'd been into the Wallace Collection but I think I've confused it with the Courtauld Institute Gallery which I visited before it moved. This looks a lovely place with lots to see. I love the painting of Nelly O'Brien and the dear old Laughing Cavalier of course which brings back memories of schooldays:)

    1. I was quite taken with Nelly too. The Coutauld is near Somerset House, another fine gallery. Thank goodness for my Art Fund card! 🙂

  2. Gorgeous images - what an amazing place to visit!

  3. You certainly took us on a wonderful tour, a great visit.

  4. It certainly is an amazing collection isn't it!