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 the Marquesses of Hertford and Sir Richard 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 has a permanent area where children can try on armour and also holds frequent temporary exhibitions. Regular events include the chance for children to explore the Wallace Collection and take part in artist-led workshops.
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Joshua Reynolds: Experiments in Paint
Street traders, aristocrats and mistresses line the walls of this exhibition of English portrait painter Joshua Reynolds. Although tiny, this two-room display is perfectly formed and reveals Reynolds’s innovative approach to both subject and style. It’s...Painting Until Sunday June 7 2015 FreeRead more
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Pop Out Furniture
Designer Jenny Parker will lead this creative drop-in session for children aged five and over. Get inspired by the tables and chairs in the Wallace Collection and create your own miniature versions to take home. Participants will decorate laser-cut cards...Friday May 29 2015 FreeRead more
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A great exhibit with a lot of interesting paintings and characters - the painting of the little girl and her dog is especially beautiful.
Went to breakfast viewing of Reynolds - experiments in paint . 1st time at the Wallace . A stunning building and a fascinating exhibition . Reynolds was brought to life my the enthusiasm and insight provided by Charlotte Harmon and Simone the press officer . . Thank you to Time Out for giving me this opportunity . I knew very little about Reynolds but this small but thoughtfully curated exhibition provides a fascinating insight into Reynolds, his constantly developing techniques and the society he painted . Highly recommended !