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The Wallace Collection

20 pics.  Some of the items from the extraordinary Wallace Collection.  Displayed at Hertford House in the heart of London (see Google maps), the collection was bequeathed to the nation by Lady Wallace in 1897 and is free to enter. As well as the sample items below, the collection also includes an extensive armoury and a number of beautiful gold, silver and glass ornaments.  And, here is the The Wallace Collection Website.

Among the paintings can be found two paintings by Titian, five Rembrandts, nine Rubenses, four Van Dycks, eight Canalettos, nineteen Bouchers, masterpieces by de Hooch, nine Teniers, Frans Hals, nine Murillos, two Velázquez and paintings by Domenichino, Cima, Daddi, Reni, Rosa, Thomas Gainsborough, Joshua Reynolds, Antoine Watteau, Nicholas Lancret, Jan Steen, Aelbert Cuyp and nine Guardis.  More information at the Wiki entry.

To view the amazing craftsmanship in more details, please click on an image and then again to magnify,  Enjoy :-).

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The Laughing Cavalier by Frans Hals at the Wallace Collection

The Laughing Cavalier by Frans Hals.  Famous for his broad hat  😀 .

Rebecca and Sir Brian de Bois-Guilbert by Leon Cognietat the Wallace Collection

Rebecca and Sir Brian de Bois-Guilbert by Léon Cogniet.  A little enhanced to compensate for the fading effect of age

At the siege of the castle of Torquilstone the beautiful Rebecca, daughter of Isaac the Jew, is abducted by the Norman Templar, Sir Brian de Bois-Guilbert (he’s the one with the templar cross on his tunic). Ulrica, an old Saxon woman who had set fire to the castle, exalts in her vengeful fury at the top of the distant tower.

The Witches in Macbeth by Alexandre-Gabriel Decamps at the Wallace Collection

The Witches in Macbeth by Alexandre-Gabriel Decamps.

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Wallace Collection Vase

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Wallace Collection Ceramic Ornaments

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Wallace Collection Ornate Cupboard DSC_2605

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Wallace Collection Ornate Desk

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Wallace Collection Ornate Wardrobe

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12 responses

  1. Incredible collection, fascinating history and beautiful photographs Graham!

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    March 24, 2016 at 19:47

    • Thank you. Now all I’ve got to do is fit it all my bedroom. 😀

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      March 25, 2016 at 00:01

  2. Wow beautiful photos. I really love that staircase! ❤
    Diana xo

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    March 24, 2016 at 23:33

  3. Wow – so ornate and lovely!

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    March 25, 2016 at 05:47

    • It’s certainly one of the most sumptuous I have seen. No lake though. 🙂

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      March 25, 2016 at 19:23

  4. So many potential new preciouses! It’s the Decamps picture of the three witches that I’ve got my eye on this time though 😉 I didn’t know about this place though, so thanks once again for adding something new to my potential “go visit” list! 🙂

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    March 27, 2016 at 02:47

    • New to me too. It’s not listed as a “museum”. More to come of ornaments and a room of fancy armour.yay. 😀

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      March 27, 2016 at 13:45

  5. Isn’t it fabulous ? I am just amazed at how beautiful it all is and in a formal house setting I imagine it must have been amazing to live there. That was all moved from France, I understand. Is it true?
    The Castle Lady ; )

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    March 30, 2016 at 03:47

    • Although many of the items came from continental Europe, as far as I can tell, it was put together in this country. Hence, from the website: “The Wallace Collection is a family collection in origin. Its works of art were collected between about 1760 and 1880 by the first four Marquesses of Hertford and Sir Richard Wallace, the son of the 4th Marquess”.

      Thanks for the visit. You might like a look at Leeds Castle (in Kent) from my gallery.

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      March 30, 2016 at 15:02

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