A couple of Sundays ago I decided to wander over to see the Wallace Collection again, it had been many, many years since, there is quite an amusing write up on my old blog if you’d like to read it, Banished. It was with great delight that I could see the frontage in all of its glory this time and this time I was arrived at just the right time for a free tour, which was even better.
The Wallace Collection is an art collection that has been amassed by five generations of the same family, it comprises of arts from the 15th to 19th century and may not be loaned out to any other gallery, if its in the Wallace Collection that is where is where you have to go if you want to see it. It is however free as the collection was left to the nation by Sir Richard Wallace’s widow.
There are over 5,500 objects and what is even more lovely is there is one highlight tour a day, well worth seeing and a talk/lecture daily to focus on an area of interest, check ‘What’s On’ on the website and again these are all free.
I thoroughly enjoyed my afternoon here, and I have to say, my favourite painting is still The Laughing Cavalier, by Frans Hals, 1624, it was like greeting an old friend, so familiar and comfortable, much like the Wallace Collection is fast becoming to me.