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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The Wallace Collection is quite simply one of the greatest museums in the world. One of the richest, most spectacular collections of fine and decorative art in public hands, displayed in a uniquely intimate historic house setting. Spiritually and intellectually fulfilling. Food for the soul.
The wallace collection is a great place with an amazing collection of paintings, furniture, glass and pottery, and armour. Much of it is French, but English and other countries also feature, collected by the Earl of Hertford. Great tours and educational events. A hidden gem. Really good restaurant also. Best collection in London.
A beautiful, well curated and preserved museum with something for everyone. It was nice to be able to aimlessly stroll through the whole museum without getting caught up in big crowds. Perfect for anyone who wants to experience Marie Antoinette's Palace on a smaller, British scale. I look forward to visiting the cafe for afternoon tea on my next trip.
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 !