The Wallace Collection is an art museum in London ( Westminster ). It emerged from Sir Richard Wallace's private collection , bequeathed to the British state by his widow in 1897. The museum was opened to the public in Hertford House in Manchester Square in 1900 . Admission is free.
The collection includes paintings by Titian , Canaletto , Diego Velázquez , Rubens , Anthonis van Dyck , Rembrandt , Nicolas Poussin , Antoine Watteau , François Boucher , Jean-Honoré Fragonard , Eugène Delacroix , Joshua Reynolds and Thomas Gainsborough . A portrait of a man from the collection created by Frans Hals in 1624 is still one of the most famous old master paintings in Great Britain under the title "The Laughing Cavalier", which is somewhat misleading for today's observer.
The works of art and objects in the Wallace Collection come almost exclusively from Europe (15th to 19th centuries). Exceptions to this are some "oriental weapons" (among others from Persia, India, Java, China) and a significant small group of gold work by the Ashanti .
- Official website (English).
- The Trustees of the Wallace Collection: A Guide to the Wallace Collection . 5th edition. 2007, ISBN 0-900785-69-1 .