About the Museum
Once described as “the greatest picture gallery in Europe” by art historian and critic Kenneth Clark, the Wallace Collection is renowned for its extensive collection of old master and 18th-century French painting, exceptional decorative pieces including Sèvres porcelain, and sumptuous interiors and impressive armory – all presented in an historic London town house. Highlights of the painting collection include Frans Hals’s famous laughing cavalier, Poussin’s, A Dance to the music of time and Fragonard’s The Swing. The collection was amassed by the Marquesses of Hertford in the 18th and 19th centuries, and an heir, Sir Richard Wallace. Bequeathed to the British nation in 1897 by his widow, it has been open to the public as The Wallace Collection since 1900.