The Wallace Collection

The Wallace Collection Explore one of the most significant collections of European fine and decorative arts in the world

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.

If you had to give a title to this painting, what would it be? 🤔 Titles can alter our perception of an artwork and paint...
18/04/2024

If you had to give a title to this painting, what would it be? 🤔

Titles can alter our perception of an artwork and paintings can take on a different meaning depending on our interpretation of its name.

Let us know how you would name this intriguing painting by the artist Jean-Baptiste Greuze in the comments below ⬇️

The Queen’s favourite portraitist 🎨🖌️ Élisabeth-Louise Vigée Le Brun, Queen Marie-Antoinette's favourite portrait painte...
16/04/2024

The Queen’s favourite portraitist 🎨🖌️

Élisabeth-Louise Vigée Le Brun, Queen Marie-Antoinette's favourite portrait painter, was in 1755. A member of the Académie de Saint-Luc, she became a highly fashionable portrait painter producing flattering and pleasing paintings to a rich clientele.

Our collection holds two striking portraits by the artist, demonstrating her ability to not only capture the likeliness of her sitters and depict them elegantly but also convey a range of textures and fabrics.

🖼️ Élisabeth-Louise Vigée Le Brun, Madame Perregaux, 1789

What does art mean to you? 🎨💭 On  , we reflect on the significance of art in our lives. Whether you have visited our col...
15/04/2024

What does art mean to you? 🎨💭

On , we reflect on the significance of art in our lives. Whether you have visited our collection to spend quality time with your loved ones, connect with yourself or simply to shelter from the rain, we're grateful for your choice to be with us.

Easy like a Sunday morning ☕💤 This pair of paintings by the French artists Nicolas-René Jollain and Hughes Taraval was c...
14/04/2024

Easy like a Sunday morning ☕💤

This pair of paintings by the French artists Nicolas-René Jollain and Hughes Taraval was commissioned as overdoors to adorn Queen Marie-Antoinette’s bedroom in the Royal pavilion of the château Marly, near Paris.

Both depict groups of putti, small, winged male children, sleeping or playing music. The direction of the light indicates that Jollain's overdoor was painted for the South wall where the window would have been on the left and Taraval’s overdoor was painted for the East wall where the window would have been on the right.

🖼️ Nicolas-René Jollain, Sleep (Le sommeil), 1781
Hughes Taraval, Awakening (Le réveil), 1781

Today is Vaisakhi, the first day of the month of Vaisakh. It is one of the most important dates in the Sikh calendar and...
13/04/2024

Today is Vaisakhi, the first day of the month of Vaisakh. It is one of the most important dates in the Sikh calendar and celebrates the founding of the Khalsa, the Sikh community, by the 10th Guru of the Sikhs, Guru Gobind Singh Ji, in 1699.

Our newly opened exhibition, Ranjit Singh: Sikh, Warrior, King, explores the life and legacy of Maharaja Ranjit Singh. Book now and step into the court of one of the world's most influential and formidable leaders.

Buy your tickets: https://bit.ly/48Us7bg

🖼️ Sword associated with Maharaja Ranjit Singh, Awadh, late 18th or early 19th century

Through the seasons 🌸🍃 🌦️ In this painting by the French artist Nicolas Poussin, a circle of figures that symbolise the ...
12/04/2024

Through the seasons 🌸🍃 🌦️

In this painting by the French artist Nicolas Poussin, a circle of figures that symbolise the Seasons dance to the music played by Father Time on his lyre. Autumn, usually represented by a woman, is here represented as Bacchus, the god of wine. Two putti, one blowing bubbles and the other holding an hourglass, allude to the transience of human life.

The double-headed herm, depicting the youthful and mature Bacchus, points its old head towards the dance, while its young head looks out of the composition to the future. In the sky, the sun god Apollo rides across the morning sky in his chariot, preceded by Aurora, or Dawn, and followed by the Hours.

🖼️ Nicolas Poussin, A Dance to the Music of Time, around 1634–36

★★★★ 'A glorious show' - The Evening Standard ★★★★ - The Times Our highly anticipated exhibition, Ranjit Singh: Sikh, Wa...
10/04/2024

★★★★ 'A glorious show' - The Evening Standard
★★★★ - The Times

Our highly anticipated exhibition, Ranjit Singh: Sikh, Warrior, King, is now open. Trace the meteoric rise to power of Maharaja Ranjit Singh and step into his impressive court.

⚔️ Discover exceptional arms and armour, from extraordinary swords, lavishly ornamented shields, exquisite cuirasses and turban helmets.
💎 Marvel at dazzling girdles, earrings and necklaces adorned with emeralds, rubies and shimmering diamonds.
📖 Admire intricately crafted miniature paintings and scenes from Maharaja Ranjit Singh’s court.
..and more. Book your tickets today: https://bit.ly/48Us7bg

🖼️ Alfred Dedreux, Randjiit Sing Baadour, Roi de Lahore (Ranjit Singh the Brave, King of Lahore) Paris, c. 1837. © RMN-Grand Palais (musée du Louvre) / Stéphane Maréchalle

Like father, like son 🎨 In our East Galleries, Rembrandt comes face to face with his son, Titus. 30 years set these two ...
07/04/2024

Like father, like son 🎨

In our East Galleries, Rembrandt comes face to face with his son, Titus. 30 years set these two artworks and by the time the portrait of his son was painted, Rembrandt was going through challenging times, having filed for bankruptcy the year before.

Here, a serious-looking Titus is depicted wearing a dark brown cloak and a vibrant red hat. This tender portrait of Titus demonstrates the artist’s exceptional ability to capture the likeliness of his sitters.

🖼️ Rembrandt, Self-Portrait in a Black Cap, 1637
Titus, the Artist’s Son, around 1657

If you ask us, today should be a bank holiday ☀️ Jean-Honoré Fragonard was born   in 1732. A major figure of the Rococo ...
05/04/2024

If you ask us, today should be a bank holiday ☀️

Jean-Honoré Fragonard was born in 1732. A major figure of the Rococo style, Fragonard was celebrated for his striking mythological and genre paintings.

Our collection houses seven paintings by the French artist, including his most well-known work, The Swing. What is your favourite artwork by Fragonard? Let us know in the comments ⬇️

🖼️ Jean-Honoré Fragonard, The Musical Contest, around 1749-52
The Fountain of Love, around 1785
The Souvenir, around 1776–8

Only one week left until Ranjit Singh: Sikh, Warrior, King 🌟Discover the remarkable life and legacy of Ranjit Singh in o...
03/04/2024

Only one week left until Ranjit Singh: Sikh, Warrior, King 🌟

Discover the remarkable life and legacy of Ranjit Singh in our major exhibition featuring nearly 100 works, from jewellery to arms and armour. Explore how the first Maharaja of the Sikh Empire ushered in a golden age during which trade boomed, the arts flourished, and a formidable army was developed.

Ranjit Singh: Sikh, Warrior, King opens 10 April 2024. Book your tickets now: https://bit.ly/48Us7bg

🖼️ Bishan Singh (c. 1820 - c. 1900), The Court of Maharaja Ranjit Singh (r. 1799-1839), Amritsar or Lahore, Punjab, 1864 © Toor Collection

Wishing you all an egg-cellent Easter! 🐣 One of the hallmarks of the Renaissance princely curiosity cabinet, also known ...
31/03/2024

Wishing you all an egg-cellent Easter! 🐣

One of the hallmarks of the Renaissance princely curiosity cabinet, also known as Kunstkammer, was the juxtaposition of marvels from the natural world with showpieces of human ingenuity. This duality can be seen in the small sculptures created from large misshapen pearls, which became especially popular at princely courts in the late 16th century.

This delightful pendant from our Smoking Room depicts a rabbit or a hare, with flecked white-enamel points suggesting the animal’s fur.

🖼️ Pendant, late 16th century

A pocket-sized portrait ✨  Henriette Sontag was one of the leading operatic and concert sopranos of the 19th century. Bo...
30/03/2024

A pocket-sized portrait ✨

Henriette Sontag was one of the leading operatic and concert sopranos of the 19th century. Born into a family of actors in Germany, she made her debut in Paris before returning to Germany at the height of her success. Of her talent, the composer Hector Berlioz wrote ‘She unites all the qualities all like to find in an artist: sweetness never surpassed, agility almost fabulous, expression, and the most perfect intonation.’

Find this delicate portrait of Henriette Sontag by the miniature painter Alexandre Fiocchi in our West Gallery II.

This 17th-century Dutch silver basket is one of seven surviving objects of its kind. The relief in the centre depicts th...
27/03/2024

This 17th-century Dutch silver basket is one of seven surviving objects of its kind. The relief in the centre depicts the fleeing Daphne being turned into a laurel tree to escape Apollo, a popular subject matter derived from Greek mythology.

Can you guess its unusual function? Let us know your answers in the comments ⬇️

Through exceptional artworks ranging from arms and armour to jewellery and paintings, be transported to the royal court ...
25/03/2024

Through exceptional artworks ranging from arms and armour to jewellery and paintings, be transported to the royal court of the Sikh Empire in our forthcoming exhibition, Ranjit Singh: Sikh, Warrior, King. Step into a time of prospering trade and flourishing arts, and explore how Maharaja Ranjit Singh's visionary leadership shaped the identity of the Indian subcontinent.

Ranjit Singh: Sikh, Warrior, King opens 10 April. Book your tickets today: https://bit.ly/48Us7bg

🖼️ Bishan Singh, The Golden Temple of Amritsar and the city beyond, c. 1870 © Toor Collection

Two artists, one subject 🐍 In Greek mythology, the Ethiopian princess Andromeda was sacrificed to appease the wrath of P...
24/03/2024

Two artists, one subject 🐍

In Greek mythology, the Ethiopian princess Andromeda was sacrificed to appease the wrath of Poseidon, the God of the sea. The hero, Perseus, flying overhead, saw the beautiful naked girl chained to a rock offshore. Falling in love with her, he rescued her from Poseidon’s sea monster and married her.

In our Great Gallery, you’ll find two paintings depicting this theme by two artists, Titian and François Lemoyne. Painted nearly 200 after Titian’s work, it is believed that Lemoyne might have been inspired by the Venetian master to craft his interpretation of the myth.

🖼️ Titian, Perseus and Andromeda, 1554–56
François Lemoyne, Perseus and Andromeda, 1723

The Flemish artist Anthony van Dyck was born   in 1599. Celebrated for his mythological scenes as well as his portraits,...
22/03/2024

The Flemish artist Anthony van Dyck was born in 1599. Celebrated for his mythological scenes as well as his portraits, he was the main court painter during the reign of Charles I.

This compelling painting, dated around 1628, depicts a young man dressed in blue cloth. It derives its theme from a well-known myth. Can you guess which one?

Need a clue? His decision had big consequences...🍎

Let us know your guesses in the comments below ⬇️

It’s   ✨  This delicate painting, produced in the 1750s, may depict Euterpe, the muse of lyrical poetry, who is believed...
21/03/2024

It’s ✨

This delicate painting, produced in the 1750s, may depict Euterpe, the muse of lyrical poetry, who is believed to have invented the flute. She was one of the nine muses who lived with her sisters on Mount Olympus.

The artwork was painted as an overdoor to be inserted into a wall decoration. The theme and low viewpoint of this work relate to François Boucher’s work of the early 1750s but it is likely to have been painted by several different artists.

🖼️ Studio of François Boucher, Seated Nymph with Flutes, around 1750s

There’s a spring in our step 🌸💐 On the first day of  , we are sharing some of the most magnificent blooms. You might not...
20/03/2024

There’s a spring in our step 🌸💐

On the first day of , we are sharing some of the most magnificent blooms. You might not be able to smell their delicate scent, but the tulips, poppies and roses in our collection will never fade.

What are you looking forward to this new season?

🖼️ Simon Saint-Jean, Flowers and Grapes, 1846
Jan van Huysum, Flowers in a Vase, 1726
Jan van Huysum, Fruits and Flowers, early 1720s
Simon Saint-Jean, Flowers and Fruit, 1848

A sunny Sunday with Pater ☀️This painting by the French artist Jean-Baptiste Pater is a remarkable example of a Fête Gal...
17/03/2024

A sunny Sunday with Pater ☀️

This painting by the French artist Jean-Baptiste Pater is a remarkable example of a Fête Galante, a pictural genre developed by Jean-Antoine Watteau. In this work from the 1730s, aristocratic figures dressed in elaborate costumes are surrounded by nature and engaged in leisurely activities.

The painter of this tender portrait of an otterhound was born   in 1822. They defied the conventions of the time and bec...
16/03/2024

The painter of this tender portrait of an otterhound was born in 1822. They defied the conventions of the time and became of the most important animal painters of the 19th century. Can you guess who they are?

Let us know your guesses in the comments below.

Where is Wally, 18th-century Venice edition 🔍 During the Giovedi Grasso, or Maundy Thursday festival, an elaborately cra...
13/03/2024

Where is Wally, 18th-century Venice edition 🔍

During the Giovedi Grasso, or Maundy Thursday festival, an elaborately crafted stage emerged in the Piazzetta, adorned with the arms of the Pisani family, who played an important role in the life of the city.

Rival acrobat teams are depicted executing a human pyramid, with ropes traversing the scene, enabling one acrobat to 'fly' from the Campanile to the Doge’s loggia. There, verses in honour of the Doge were recited, accompanied by the presentation of flowers. In the foreground, figures in commedia dell’arte costumes interact with revellers wearing the traditional carnival dress of the bauta, or white mask and black cape.

🖼️ Studio of Canaletto, Venice: the Giovedì Grasso Festival in the Piazzetta, around 1741-60

From Élisabeth-Louise Vigée Le Brun's striking paintings to Félicie de Fauveau's impressive frame, Rosa Bonheur's tender...
08/03/2024

From Élisabeth-Louise Vigée Le Brun's striking paintings to Félicie de Fauveau's impressive frame, Rosa Bonheur's tender depictions of animals and countless portraits, join us in celebrating .

This , uncover the tales behind extraordinary pieces in our collection as we delve into the lives and legacies of remarkable women. Find out more: https://bit.ly/3PdVu0b

🖼️ Studio of Agnolo Bronzino, Eleonora di Toledo, around 1562-72 ⁠
Élisabeth-Louise Vigée Le Brun, Madame Perregaux, 1789
Thomas Lawrence, Margaret, Countess of Blessington, 1822
Rosalba Carriera, An Unknown Lady in an Italian Dress, around 1710-20

What you’ll find us doing on   📖 And if reading is not your thing, discover thousands of exceptional stories through the...
07/03/2024

What you’ll find us doing on 📖

And if reading is not your thing, discover thousands of exceptional stories through the centuries with our outstanding collection of paintings, arms and armour, decorative arts and more.

🖼️ Jean-Honoré Fragonard, Girl reading a book, around 1770-80
Nicholas-Bernard Lépicié, L'éducation commencée (Education Begun), 1774-79
Vincenzo Foppa, The Young Cicero Reading, 1464

The Dutch painter Jan van der Heyden was born   in 1637. One of the most prominent painters of his time, he was celebrat...
05/03/2024

The Dutch painter Jan van der Heyden was born in 1637. One of the most prominent painters of his time, he was celebrated for his striking cityscapes. Can you guess which city is depicted in this composition?

Let us know your guesses in the comments ⬇️

This tender painting by the French artist Jean-Honoré Fragonard is a portrait of a young boy wearing a costume too large...
03/03/2024

This tender painting by the French artist Jean-Honoré Fragonard is a portrait of a young boy wearing a costume too large for his age. He is depicted as Pierrot, a character from the Commedia dell'arte.

It follows the tradition of Dutch head studies in a costume popularised by Rembrandt and his contemporaries, also known as tronies, and is adapted to the world of the Commedia dell'Arte and the Fête Galante, a pictorial genre developed by Fragonard. The delicate colour pattern is reminiscent of pastel, a fashionable technique during the 18th century.

🖼️ Jean-Honoré Fragonard, A Boy as Pierrot, around 1785

This exceptional portrait of the nobleman Robert Dudley is attributed to Flemish artist Steven van der Meulen and is dat...
01/03/2024

This exceptional portrait of the nobleman Robert Dudley is attributed to Flemish artist Steven van der Meulen and is dated around 1560-64.

The confident-looking Dudley is portrayed turned to the viewer’s right, and directly meets the viewer’s gaze. His face and sumptuous costume are evenly lit, against a dark, plain background.

His rich court attire emphasises his wealth and status. He wears a black velvet cap with gold and white feathers secured by a jewelled chain, a golden doublet with a high collar that is heavily embroidered and decorated with pearls and white enamelled roses.

Pocket-sized treasure ✨ This scallop-shaped snuffbox is one of the most striking boxes in our collection. Enamelled with...
25/02/2024

Pocket-sized treasure ✨

This scallop-shaped snuffbox is one of the most striking boxes in our collection. Enamelled with radiating peacock feathers, the lid displays the full peacock’s tail in full upright glory.

Snuffboxes played an important role in fashion and self-promotion, in diplomacy and, in the 19th century, they became highly prized objects for art collectors. They symbolised the wealth and status of their owner and their practical purpose was often secondary, they were highly valued as art objects in their own right.

🖼️ Jean Ducrollay, Snuffbox, 1744

Our collection is filled with lavishly decorated functional objects, from cabinets to perfume burners. Can you guess wha...
21/02/2024

Our collection is filled with lavishly decorated functional objects, from cabinets to perfume burners. Can you guess what was the function of these two bronze-gilded items?

Need a clue? They were an important element of fireplace furniture during the 18th century. Let us know your guesses below ⬇️

The colours of Jean-Marc de Nattier 🎀 💙 🍒 🖼️ The marquise de Belestat, 1755 The Comtesse de Tillières, 1750 Mademoiselle...
19/02/2024

The colours of Jean-Marc de Nattier 🎀 💙 🍒

🖼️ The marquise de Belestat, 1755
The Comtesse de Tillières, 1750
Mademoiselle de Clermont en sultane, 1733
Marie Leszczynska, Queen of France, 1746-56

The French artist Camille Roqueplan was born   1802. He skilfully depicted landscapes, historical scenes, and genre port...
18/02/2024

The French artist Camille Roqueplan was born 1802. He skilfully depicted landscapes, historical scenes, and genre portrayals in oil paintings and watercolours, as well as lithographs.

He was deeply inspired by Richard Parkes Bonington and the Waverley Novels by Sir Walter Scott. Later on in his career, the influence of Venetian and Dutch painting, as well as 18th-century French art also left a lasting impact on his artistic output.

🖼️ Camille Roqueplan, Summer Pleasures, 1830
A Sentimental Conversation, 1843

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