The Wallace Collection is one of the finest private art collections with nearly 5.500 objects of incredible quality. Remained intact since its donation to the government in 1897 from the private collection created by Richard Seymour-Conway, 4th Marquess of Hertford, on condition that no object should ever be added or removed and be permanently displayed to the public. The collection was named after his illegitimate son and secretary, Sir Richard Wallace.
Results of activity of four generations of the Hertford family, is a must to appreciate the evolution of European art until the 19th century. In June 2000, four other galleries were opened so remaining parts of the collection could be displayed. Among the masterpieces are: The Laughing Cavalier by Frans Hals, Titus, the Artist’s Son, by Rembrandt, Perseus and Andromeda by Titian and A Dance to the Music of Time by Nicolas Poussin. There are also extraordinary portraits of Gainsborough and Romney. Also noteworthy are porcelain pieces of Sèvres porcelain and sculptures by Houdon, Roubiliac and Rysbrack.
Daily from 10:00AM till 5:00PM.
Closed on 24, 25 and 26 December.
Free of charge
Hertford House – Manchester Square
London W1U 3BN
Closest attractions: Sherlock Holmes Museum and Madame Tussauds.
Getting there:Bond Street and Baker Street tube stations, and Marylebone rail station. Buses 2, 10, 12, 13, 30, 74, 82, 94, 113, 137 and 274.
Telephone: +44 (0) 20 7563 9500
Facilities and Additional Information
- Disabled access facilities;
- Audio guide;