Visit: The Wallace Collection, London – Wednesday 23rd September 2015

Following the talk by the Chief Curator of The Wallace Collection, earlier in the month, we will travel to London by coach to see this world famous museum. Booking June and September
The Wallace Collection is a national museum which displays the wonderful works of art collected in the C18th and C19th by the first four Marquesses of Hertford and Sir Richard Wallace, the son of the 4th Marquess. It was bequeathed to the nation by Sir Richard’s widow, Lady Wallace in 1897. The Collection is displayed at Hertford house, one of the family’s London properties in the C19th. Housed in 25 galleries, it contains Old Master paintings, including Frans Hals’s ‘Laughing Cavalier’, C18th French paintings, furniture and porcelain (some owned by Marie-Antoinette and Madame de Pompadour ), Renaissance artworks and a renowned collection of armour. After time for coffee we will join our guide for a tour of the highlights of the museum. We can then take lunch in the restaurant or dine out elsewhere in the area. After lunch, there will be time to browse this extraordinary collection at leisure (but Oxford street is only a few minutes walk away for any who prefer some retail therapy!).