London Travel

The Wallace Collection

The post about The Wallace Collection is the last one I’m writing from my trip to London last month. It’s been wonderful to see so many amazing exhibits on display. Read about them on their website.
2018 marks the 200 anniversary of Sir Richard Wallace’s birth.

Painting with horses in the hall at Wallace Collection

In the Hall, I’ve noticed this amazing painting. It’s called the The Arab Tent, Edwin (Henry) Landseer, c.1865-66. The painting was purchased by Sir Richard Wallace in 1878 from the Prince of Wales. Landseer was born in London and it was renowned during the Victorian period for his paintings of animals. Queen Victoria admired his work too.

Wallace Collection Hall

We’ve started to visit the museum with the ground floor. The architecture is splendid.

Display at Wallace Collection

Room at Wallace Collection, London

 Youth and Age

Youth and Age, quite striking representation. It is from Italy, 1550 – 1600, made of wax, glass, and wood.

The Archduke Ernst of Austria. 1553 - 1595

There were a few other very interesting wax figures on display, mainly with religious themes. This is the Archduke Ernst of Austria. 1553 – 1595, made by Antonio Abondio with wax, glass, gold, and copper.

Cruciform watch

Cruciform watch, that is something I haven’t seen before.

Steel Key, french, c 1600

Steel Key, french, c 1600. I love how elaborate the locking mechanism is.

 Basin. Lead-glazed earthenware. French, possibly made by Bernard Palissy in late 16th century

An interesting looking Basin. Lead-glazed earthenware. French, possibly made by Bernard Palissy in late 16th century.

Italian Maiolica ceramics

There are a few rooms dedicated to weapons and armoury. I found the display very interesting and bigger than I was expecting it to be. I’m fascinated by the history of weaponry, remember my post about Royal Armouries Leeds?

Weapons in the Armoury rooms

 Weapons in the Armoury rooms

Weapons in the Armoury rooms

Display in the Armoury rooms

Weapons in the Armoury rooms

These are from abroad. It was fascinating to see the difference between them.

Upstairs Wallce Collection

These is what we saw on the ground floor. At the first floor we saw amazing rooms, beautifully decorated. This is the landing.

Room in Wallce Collection

Miniatures of painters. Raphael, Annibale Carracci, Van Dyck, Andrea del Sarto, Titian, and Rubens

These are miniatures of painters, from top left to bottom right: Raphael, Annibale Carracci, Van Dyck, Andrea del Sarto, Titian, and Rubens.

Gallery at Wallace Collection

Gallery at Wallace Collection

Barometer and thermometer. Pearwood veneered with marquetry of brass and turteshell, mahogany back and gilt-bronze mounts.

French barometer and thermometer from the 1770s. It’s pearwood veneered with marquetry of brass and turtelshell, mahogany back and gilt-bronze mounts.

Room at Wallace Collection

 Beautiful room at Wallace Collection

Beautiful room at Wallace Collection. I think this was my favourite room, the wallpaper is stunning.

Wallace Collection museum entrance.

The Wallace Collection is free to visit. The address is Hertford House, Manchester Square, London W1U 3BN. I loved visiting it and I would love to visit it again.

1 Comment

  1. The Wallace Collection is amazing because it’s such an intimate museum, not many people seem to know about it but it contains so many amazing pieces of art. All the rooms are delightful and you can definitely feel the French 18th century touch there in how the rooms are laid out, the furniture and the decoration – how could I not love it haha!

    Julia x
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