Wallace collection tour with a private guide
(up to 4 hours)
one the world's greatest museums with an expert guide
Franz Hal'S Laughing Cavalier
Beautiful Sevres Porcelean and Furniture
Discover one of the most amazing private collections of art and artefacts ever amassed, and certainly the most important one ever to be bequeathed intact to the nation, with your own private guide.
The 4th Marquesses of Hertford all added to the collection throughout
the 18th and 19th centuries; the 3rd Marquess used his wife’s immense
fortune to buy Sevres porcelain and Dutch 17th Century paintings.
But it was the 4th Marquess and his illegitimate son Richard Wallace
who were the real collectors and it is principally their taste that
we see on display. Because the collection is closed – under the
terms of the bequest nothing can be added to or sold from the Wallace
Collection – we are given a wonderful insight into the tastes of
a well travelled and educated English family.
The collection is displayed in 25 galleries on 3 spacious floors; painting highlights include Frans Hals’
The Laughing Cavalier, Fragonard’s The Swing, and a portrait of his son Titus by Rembrandt. There are also stunning Renaissance Italian goldsmiths’ work, bronzes and a world-class collection of armour. Come and explore this amazing treasure-house with us and hear, too, about the extraordinary family that brought it all together.