© Jonathan Perugia
Time Out says
Tue Jul 24 2012
This handsome house, built in 1776, contains an exceptional collection of eighteenth-century French furniture, paintings and objets d'art, as well as an amazing array of medieval armour and weaponry. It all belonged to Sir Francis Wallace and has been open to the public since 1900, with room after grand room containing Louis XIV and XV furnishings and Sèvres porcelain, while the galleries are hung with paintings by Titian, Velázquez, Fragonard, Gainsborough and Reynolds; Franz Hals's Laughing Cavalier (neither laughing, nor a Cavalier) is one of the best know, along with Fragonard's The Swing. The Wallace Collection also holds frequent temporary exhibitions, and regular events include the chance for children to try on armour or explore the Wallace Collection and take part in artist-led workshops.
Wallace Collection Manchester Square
What's on at Wallace Collection
Glass works by artists and contemporary designers including Tracey Emin, Polly Apfelbaum and Hussein Chalayan throw new light on an old tradition.
Drawing and illustration
To show your worth as an artist in eighteenth-century France, you had to be adept at capturing the male human form. Nearly 40 drawings of scantly clad men by artists including François Boucher and Jean-Marc Nattier go on display in the lavish setting...