The Wallace Collection
Club visit to the Wallace Collection, Manchester Square London on 3rd April 2019
Very many thanks to Ken Smith, for arranging a guided tour of this truly superb art collection on 3rd April 2019. Our party of 20 enjoyed a fascinating hour and a half tour led by our knowledgeable guide Lynne. Her story, told with much humour, of the background to the fabulously wealthy family and the interesting and unorthodox lives they had, helped complement the wonderful tour.
The building contains an extensive and indeed World class collection of fine art from the 15th to 19th centuries, with important paintings, furniture, arms and armour and porcelain arranged into 30 galleries. During our extensive tour we did not manage to fit all the galleries in!
The art collection was established in 1897 from the private collection of Richard Seymour- Conway, 4th Marquess of Hertford, who left both it and the house to his illegitimate son, Sir Richard Wallace, who died in 1890. His widow then left the collection and house to the Nation. After our tour, the party enjoyed a very convivial lunch at the nearby Zizzi restaurant, and we have included a picture showing most of our group