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The Wallace Collection is a national museum in an historic London town house. In 25 galleries are unsurpassed displays of French 18th-century painting, furniture and porcelain with superb Old Master paintings and a world class armoury.

#Happybirthday to Jean-Honoré Fragonard, born #onthisday 1732.Fragonard’s The Swing, painted c. 1767 – 1768, is emphatic...
05/04/2020

#Happybirthday to Jean-Honoré Fragonard, born #onthisday 1732.

Fragonard’s The Swing, painted c. 1767 – 1768, is emphatically the artist’s most famous #painting, and one of the most recognisable paintings in the Wallace Collection.

It shows a woman, a frothy vision of pink silk, poised mid-air beyond the reach of both her elderly husband and her reclining lover, having just discarded her shoe flirtatiously. Reviewing the painting, one critic wrote 'the grace of the execution and the tact of artist excuse the sauciness of the image'.

No work better demonstrates the artist’s ability to combine erotic licence with a visionary feeling for nature.

Find out more: https://bit.ly/2JERHaj

French painter, Pierre-Paul Prud'hon was born #onthisday 1758. This work, painted between 1805 – 1809, depicts #EmpressJ...
04/04/2020

French painter, Pierre-Paul Prud'hon was born #onthisday 1758. This work, painted between 1805 – 1809, depicts #EmpressJoséphine and is one of Prud'hon's great masterpieces as a portraitist.

Prud’hon’s reputation as a portrait painter to the Imperial household was established by a commission to portray the Empress Joséphine. The Empress was apparently persuaded to sit for him in 1805 by the curator of her collection, Guillaume Constantin and by the miniaturist Jean-Baptiste Isabey.

In the following years, until after the divorce of Napoléon and Joséphine in 1809, Prud'hon produced an important group of studies and portraits of Joséphine, including this one in the Collection.

You can explore more works by Prud'hon via our website: https://bit.ly/39JH9kw

In the Renaissance, during the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries in Europe, the finest polished, gilded and etched armou...
03/04/2020

In the Renaissance, during the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries in Europe, the finest polished, gilded and etched armour was rare; most people involved in military activity would see it only rarely, worn by their commanders and wealthy noblemen. However, museum collections today are full of such rich equipment.

High-quality armour was deemed worthy of preservation, and later prized as great art by modern collectors. In this way, the luxurious minority became, in modern displays, the typical majority.

Almost all of the rougher, cheaper armour worn by most fighting men throughout history has been lost. Which makes this helmet in the Collection, of an ordinary, rank-and-file horseman, an extremely rare piece never meant to survive to the present day…

Find out more about April’s #TreasureoftheMonth in our latest blog: https://bit.ly/2xKqMqQ

Tobias Capwell

02/04/2020

“I do believe that art is a mirror on life and that it gives us the depth of understanding how other people lived and I have been inspired by it my whole career.”

#Throwback to our 2009 interview with iconic British designer Dame Vivienne Westwood, as she talks about the art and artists of the Wallace Collection and how they have influenced and inspired her.

Has there been a particular work from the Collection that has inspired you? We’d love to hear from you in the comments below.

#ThrowbackThursday

Do you have a cute, cuddly creature nearby? Give them a good hug from us.Titled ‘Puppies (Oh! Les jolis petits cheins)’,...
01/04/2020

Do you have a cute, cuddly creature nearby? Give them a good hug from us.

Titled ‘Puppies (Oh! Les jolis petits cheins)’, which translates to ‘Oh! The pretty little dogs’, this delightful picture was painted in the 1790s by the French artist Pierre-Paul Prud’hon.

Characteristic of the charm and sentimental appeal of much of Prud’hon’s work, it recalls similar depictions of children by Fragonard and Greuze. Combining the fashionable themes of childhood and nurture, the painting had some success, and was engraved three times.

Prud’hon was one of the leading history painters in France around 1800. In his strong preference for allegories and his eclectic style based on Renaissance and baroque models, he stood out in an environment largely defined by the French painter Jacques-Louis David and his school.

This captivating miniature represents the annual fair of St-Germain in Paris, which had been held in the early spring si...
31/03/2020

This captivating miniature represents the annual fair of St-Germain in Paris, which had been held in the early spring since the Middle Ages. Painted in 1763 by the French miniaturist Louis-Nicolas van Blarenberghe, it ranks amongst the most fascinating images of life in eighteenth-century Paris.

The work offers a glimpse into this semi-permanent structure of the fair with its installations; Fashionable luxury goods such as textiles and paintings were exhibited there for sale. A picture dealer’s stall can be seen to the left on the upper level, under which the artist has signed his name.

Very few miniatures of theatre scenes and public entertainment can be securely attributed to Louis-Nicolas. Several more were painted when the artist apparently worked with his son between 1769 and 1778, but they constitute a small fraction of their overall output and are remarkably rare. ‘The Fair of Saint-Germain’ is a masterpiece of the genre.

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This thoughtfully poised portrait of Marie-Charlotte de Châteaurenaud was painted in 1755, and is by one of the most fas...
30/03/2020

This thoughtfully poised portrait of Marie-Charlotte de Châteaurenaud was painted in 1755, and is by one of the most fashionable portrait painters of 18th century France, #JeanMarcNattier.

The portrait is of a type commonly used by Nattier to depict young female sitters: she is dressed in the formal robe à la française with blue silk drapery, three-quarter length, without hands, in front of a neutral background.

In contrast to other contemporary portraitists, Nattier’s aim was not to represent the psychology of his sitters but to provide a fashionable and beautiful image according to society ideals, bestowing a sense of calm well-being. This can be seen demonstrated by the artist’s use of a restrained harmonious colour palette, in the tonal blue and pearl grey, and the expressive brushwork in details such as the bouquet of flowers which adorns the marquise’s décolletage.

With the clocks going forward, we wanted to share this gilt-bronze mantel clock, attributed to the French sculptor Étien...
29/03/2020

With the clocks going forward, we wanted to share this gilt-bronze mantel clock, attributed to the French sculptor Étienne Maurice Falconet.

Dated c. 1775, this sculptural piece depicts three gilt-bronze figures, representing the Toilet of Venus. The goddess sits at a three-legged table, holding a toilet mirror, while a handmaiden brings her roses. In front of the table, Cupid (identifiable from the bow on which he lies) indicates the time on the revolving dials of the clock.

The morning ritual of the toilet ('toilette' in French) was practised by wealthy and aristocratic ladies (and gentlemen) in France throughout the eighteenth century, so this clock would have been highly recognisable as a mythical interpretation of the daily domestic ceremony.

This portrait of a boy with his falcon was painted by Dutch Golden Age painter, Joan van Noordt. Dated c. 1665, the boy’...
28/03/2020

This portrait of a boy with his falcon was painted by Dutch Golden Age painter, Joan van Noordt.

Dated c. 1665, the boy’s rich costume instils an aura of refinement to the portrait, evoking the elegance of Van Dyck and of Van Noordt’s Flemish contemporaries such as Gonzales Coques, while the sitter’s occupation suggests the privileged status of the huntsman.

The picture reflects the taste for a more aristocratic treatment in Dutch portraiture in the second half of the seventeenth century, and represents a refined variation on the tradition of falconer portraits painted by Rembrandt and Bol in the 1640s.

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This magnificent chest of drawers was made between 1735 and 1740 by Antoine-Robert Gaudreaus, a cabinetmaker who supplie...
27/03/2020

This magnificent chest of drawers was made between 1735 and 1740 by Antoine-Robert Gaudreaus, a cabinetmaker who supplied furniture to Louis XV and the French royal family.

It is one of the most exuberant pieces of rococo furniture in the Wallace Collection, having sinuous outlines and elaborate ‘rocaille’ mounts from which emerge palms and dragons. The female mask in the centre of the piece may have been influenced by engravings of costumed heads after Antoine Watteau.

#FurnitureFriday

To celebrate #WorldTheatreDay today, we’re sharing this vibrant picture by the studio of Canaletto depicting the Giovedi...
27/03/2020

To celebrate #WorldTheatreDay today, we’re sharing this vibrant picture by the studio of Canaletto depicting the Giovedi Grasso, or Maundy Thursday festival.

The colourful festivals were one of the principal tourist attractions in eighteenth-century Venice, and provided some of Canaletto’s most popular subject matter. This particular work is dated c. 1741 – 1760.

During this festival, an elaborate stage was built in the Piazzetta, here shown bearing the arms of the Pisani family and of Pietro Grimani (Doge 1741-52). Rival teams of acrobats execute a human pyramid, while the ropes, stretching diagonally across the picture, enabled another acrobat to ‘fly’ from the Campanile to the Doge’s loggia. There he would recite verses in the Doge’s honour and present him with flowers.

In the foreground, figures in commedia dell’ arte costume are seen mingling with onlookers and revellers wearing the carnival dress of the bauta, or white mask and black cape. Ten of Canaletto’s drawings for this series survive, but no original painted prototype by Canaletto is known.

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Henriette Sontag was one of the leading operatic and concert sopranos of her time. Renowned from an early age, her admir...
25/03/2020

Henriette Sontag was one of the leading operatic and concert sopranos of her time. Renowned from an early age, her admirers included that of Goethe and Beethoven. Owing to her incredible raw talent, Sontag was only eighteen when she sang solo soprano parts in the first performances of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony and ‘Miss Solemnis’.

This beautiful miniature, dated 1852, is by the French artist Alexandre Fiocchi. His miniatures are exceedingly rare, and it is perhaps even more surprising that there are as many as four in the Wallace Collection - suggesting that the artist may have been known personally to Lord Hertford or Richard Wallace.

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As part of London Dog Week’s #PAWSITIVITYWEEK, we will be sharing some of our dearest works of lovely loafers and poutin...
24/03/2020

As part of London Dog Week’s #PAWSITIVITYWEEK, we will be sharing some of our dearest works of lovely loafers and pouting poochers. Follow our #story this afternoon to see some of our favourite canine buddies in the Collection.

To get those jowls positively salivating, here’s one by the English painter, Edwin Landseer. Titled Doubtful Crumbs, this piece shows a black and tan terrier looking longingly at a bone guarded by a dozing St Bernard.

Famous for his lion sculptures in Trafalgar Square, Landseer’s ability to humanise his animals was one of the principal causes of his success with collectors and the Victorian public.

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We can almost feel the warmth of the sun radiating from this sumptuous still life by the French painter, Simon Saint-Jea...
23/03/2020

We can almost feel the warmth of the sun radiating from this sumptuous still life by the French painter, Simon Saint-Jean.

Painted in 1844, this exquisite picture presents grapes, peaches and plums in a bronze vase, surrounded by oranges, pomegranate and pumpkin. The entire arrangement sits resting on a chest by the window, the daylight slightly obscured by the loosely tied-off curtain.

Saint-Jean won a European reputation for his flower pieces, precisely painted in season and from nature. This is one of the few paintings known to have been bought direct from the artist by the 4th Marquess of Hertford.

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#SirAnthonyvanDyck, the Flemish Baroque portraitist, was born #onthisday 1599 in Antwerp.Van Dyck became the leading cou...
22/03/2020

#SirAnthonyvanDyck, the Flemish Baroque portraitist, was born #onthisday 1599 in Antwerp.

Van Dyck became the leading court painter in England after success in the Southern Netherlands and Italy. In 1632 he was knighted by Charles I, being described as 'principalle paynter in Ordinary to their Majesties at St James’. ⁠

This painting depicting The Judgement of Paris was certainly not an unusual subject, but van Dyck’s choice to paint Paris alone breaks with the conventional rendering of the mythological story. ⁠

With the absence of the goddesses, their beauty is only apparent by Paris' rapt gaze, while his twisted pose emphasises his dilemma. By modelling Paris closely on his own looks, Van Dyck may be identifying himself with Paris - both of whom were reputably attractive. ⁠

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Happy #MothersDay from everyone here at the Wallace Collection!This depiction of the Virgin Mary and Christ, by the Ital...
22/03/2020

Happy #MothersDay from everyone here at the Wallace Collection!

This depiction of the Virgin Mary and Christ, by the Italian painter Andrea del Sarto, was painted around 1517-1519. The work demonstrates the artist’s increasingly mannerist style, this is particularly notable in the piece’s colouring, complex artificial composition and elegantly refined poses.

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To mark #WorldPoetryDay, we wanted to share this atmospheric masterpiece of one of the best-known actresses, writers and...
21/03/2020

To mark #WorldPoetryDay, we wanted to share this atmospheric masterpiece of one of the best-known actresses, writers and poets of the 18th century, Perdita, Mrs Mary Robinson.

Painted in 1781 by Thomas Gainsborough, Perdita is shown sat with her loyal dog and miniature portrait of her lover in hand. Her silk dress and powdered face are immaculate, and the folds of her dress merge with the soft green foliage of the dark woodland shadows.

Although the painting was commissioned by the Prince of Wales (later George IV) after their brief but notorious affair, it seems it was Mrs Robinson who determined its pose. Perdita is in a pastoral retreat, exiled to an autumnal landscape where the hues are brown and muted, and the tone is rich and reflective. Gainsborough’s fluid brushwork and loose composition are particularly noteworthy, with Perdita appearing to melt into the landscape, imparting a poetic weight to the picture.

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20/03/2020

Whether we’ve been sitting or lounging or dozing or dreaming, all of us have become a little more familiar with our own furniture lately.

For today’s #FurnitureFriday, we wanted to share this film of one of our own treasured pieces in the Collection, conserved by a wonderful team a few years ago. This elegant armchair is one of only a small number of English pieces of furniture in the Collection. Designed by #WilliamKent in the 18th century, the chair shows off the bold, sculptural forms employed by much of Kent's furniture and was greatly inspired by his trips to Italy.

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This restful landscape is by the Italian painter Gaspard Dughet. Titled The Falls at Tivoli, the work expertly demonstra...
19/03/2020

This restful landscape is by the Italian painter Gaspard Dughet. Titled The Falls at Tivoli, the work expertly demonstrates Dughet’s skill as a painter, whose reputation was rivalled during his lifetime only by those of Claude and Salvator Rosa.

Sounds of the waterfall, the distant conversation of the people in the river, and the gentle breeze through the trees, all help to imbue this depiction of the picturesque town of Tivoli with a natural calm.

Situated eighteen miles north-east of Rome, Tivoli sits on the edge of the Sabine Mountains. Dughet’s picture appears to show the first of the waterfalls on the river Teverone (now Aniene) on the north-east side. It is one of the finest of several views of Tivoli painted by the artist and probably dates from late in his career, c.1661 – 63.

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The Wallace Collection's cover photo
18/03/2020

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Although we are closed, our world class galleries of paintings, furniture, porcelain, arms and armour could not be close...
18/03/2020

Although we are closed, our world class galleries of paintings, furniture, porcelain, arms and armour could not be closer. Over the coming weeks, we will be sharing the stories of many of your most beloved pieces in the Collection, here on social media and on our website.

Do you have a favourite work you’d like to know more about? Let us know in the comments below.

We start today with Caspar Netscher’s undisputed masterpiece, The Lace Maker. Painted in 1662, The Lace Maker is one of the most successful representations of idealised female virtue in Dutch art.

The girl’s modest woollen dress combined with her absorption in the delicate and difficult task of lace making underlines her seriousness and moral integrity. At the time, such a defining image had wide implications, since the home and its correct organisation were considered of supreme importance in determining the moral fate of Dutch society as a whole.

Stylistically, the picture reveals Netscher’s sensitivity to the formal experiments of the Delft School, in particular to the understated light-filled interiors of De Hooch and Vermeer. The concentrated subject, bold restricted palette and sculptural quality of the figure, offset against a luminous white wall, lend the picture an aura of monumental gravity. ⁠

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In response to Public Health England’s latest advice about the impact of COVID-19 (Coronavirus) and in order to protect ...
17/03/2020

In response to Public Health England’s latest advice about the impact of COVID-19 (Coronavirus) and in order to protect the health and safety of our visitors and staff, we have made the difficult decision to close the Wallace Collection temporarily from 18 March.

Although our public events are not able to take place, we will continue to share inspiring stories about the Collection on our social media channels and our website. You can follow us on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook.

If you have booked a ticket to our current exhibition or one of our public events, our team will be getting in touch with you shortly.

Pioneering French artist, Rosa Bonheur was born #onthisday 1822.Largely self-taught, Bonheur owed much to her study of t...
16/03/2020

Pioneering French artist, Rosa Bonheur was born #onthisday 1822.

Largely self-taught, Bonheur owed much to her study of the Dutch animal paintings in the Louvre. Her naturalist style of painting, derived from the close observation of her subjects, established Bonheur as the leading French animal painter of her time.

Greatly admired in Britain and America, Bonheur enjoyed considerable social success, her paintings fetching high prices at auction. She was the first woman to receive the Legion of Honour.

This elegant study is titled A Waggon and a Team of Horses, and was painted in 1852.

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I had the opportunity to visit the forgotten masters exhibition. What an amazing array of precision, beauty and colour. Well with a visit.
Absolutely love this place! There’s so much to see here. It’s truly one of the finest art collections in the entire world with fantastic paintings, including Rubens, Rembrandt, Canaletto, Velasquez, Gainsborough, Watteau, Boucher, Fragonard, Delacroix, Delaroche and even the laughing Cavalier by Frans Hals. Then there are wonderful sculptures, and the building itself is just fabulous. Spent hours looking at all the fantastic antiquities and did the wonderful tour of all the collection’s highlights. Don’t miss out on the superb tea room in the middle atrium covered with a glass roof which is a lovely place for tea and cake. Will definitely come back to explore more! 🤩
Visited The Wallace Collection today. Magnificent paintings including some Rembrandts. Right up close. Furniture. Porcelain and China. The house.
Terrific talk at 2.30 yesterday. Informative, amusing with great historical anecdotes, really enhanced the visit. Thank you.
Hello. What's time's the Titian Facebook Live stream starting on Friday, pretty please?
Good choice!
Pels que aneu a Londres o que ja hi sigueu. THE WALLACE COLECTION.
Love the portrait of Titus. Always visit it
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Excellent exhibition showing the art commissioned by the East India Company. Beautiful paintings and informative history of the period.
Really cross this afternoon when I was left waiting so long for service in the restaurant that I gave up and left. I’d been looking forward to my little afternoon treat and it spoiled my day. Being an older solo lady makes one hard to see, but this was awful.
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