Click here to view previous visits

15 March 2018The Wallace Collection
17 April 2018Shri Swaminarayan Mandir (Neasdon Temple
16 May 2018Hughenden, Buckinghamshire
19 June 2018Ely Cathedral
17 July 2018Petworth House

Click on a row and scroll to display more details about the Visit

The Wallace Collection
Thursday 15 March 2018

The Wallace Collection is an art collection in London open to the public, housed at Hertford House in Manchester Square, London W.1.  It comprises a range of fine and decorative arts from the 15th to the 19th centuries with large holdings of French 18th century paintings, furniture, arms and armour, porcelain and Old Master paintings arranged into 25 galleries.

It was established in 1897 from the private collection mainly created by Richard Seymour-Conway, 4th Marquess of Hertford (1800–1870). Admission is free.

The Collection numbers nearly 5,500 objects and is best known for its quality and breadth of eighteenth century French paintings, Sèvres porcelain and French furniture. There are, amongst others, two Titians, five Rembrandts, nine Rubens, four Van Dycks, eight Canalettos, There is also a fine collection of arms and armour, featuring both European and Oriental objects, as well as displays of gold boxes, miniatures, sculpture and medieval and Renaissance works of art such as majolica, glass, bronzes and Limoges enamels.

The Wallace Collection's Old Master paintings represent some of the finest works of art in the world, executed by most of the leading artists of their period. The Collection is particularly strong in Dutch and Flemish paintings of the seventeenth century, and in eighteenth and nineteenth-century French paintings.

In 2000 the inner courtyard of the House was given a glass roof and a restaurant was opened named ‘Cafe Bagatelle’ after the Château de Bagatelle in Paris purchased in 1835 by Francis Seymour-Conway, 3rd Marquess of Hertford.

A guided tour has been arranged.


Tickets for this outing will be available at the January and February lecture meetings.

Visit co-ordinator: Arne Rees 020 8660 5171