The Wallace Collection: London’s Most Beautiful Time Capsule


One of my favorite things to do in London when I have some time to spare is to visit Hertford House, more widely known as the Wallace Collection, for the art and antiquities that the house holds.

Follow me into London’s most beautiful time capsule. Lesser known than some of London’s museums, here you can wander the rooms and halls almost completely alone.

Here you’ll find room after room of 18th century paintings, old masters, sculptures, antique furniture and oddities.

This is one of my favorite portraits in the collection.  I just love it against a backdrop of soft blue grays.

I just adore the silk wall coverings and the elaborate curtains, don’t you?

Here you can truly take your time, get up close with the art, and if you’re so inclined inspect every brush stroke.

I try to imagine the scenes that unfolded in here over the years.

How this chandelier must have looked with real candles flickering, setting the crystals alight!

Every corner hides some new secret. This handsome chap even lurches below one of the staircases.

And when you’ve had your fill of art for the day, head into the courtyard of the houses, for a pick me up cup of tea or coffee.

It’s a marvelous shade of pink. The glass ceiling that covers the yard even keeps the London rain at bay.



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The Stuff of Life


    September 25, 2017 at 2:53 pm

    I canNOT Plan my next TRIP SOON ENOUGH!THANK YOU for THE TOUR!Those rooms with COLOR are FABULOUS………do you think that is the same FABRIC?WHen I was at SISSINGHURST she had two URNS that were her MOTHER’s from the WALLACE COLLECTION………….who were the WALLACES?!!!!OH OH OH…………..THAT GAL who married the KING TO BE?NO, that was her FIRST NAME!Fill me in……….PLEASE!

  • Jennifer
    September 27, 2017 at 8:38 pm

    The Wallace collection was created by Richard Seymour (1800-1870), the 4th Marquess of Hertford, who left both to his illegitimate son Sir Richard Wallace, whose wife gave the entire collection and house to the nation.

    Let’s get together soon for lunch. I would love to catch up.

  • Jan
    September 28, 2017 at 3:51 pm

    There is so much to be said for small museums that showcase the inventiveness and life stories of individuals. Who can not help but respect the efforts of those creative people who devote the final decades of their lives to the task of turning their homes and their studios into museums for the public to visit after their deaths – whether as gifts to the nation, or maintained by private funds. They not only show us pictures or objects from the past, but also convey the ambiance of the lost time from which they have come to us. Small private museums are more open to personal stories. As a life-long museum devotee, my first choice is always the smaller museums, wherever I am. Thank you for suggesting the Wallace Collection!

  • Sandra Sallin
    October 6, 2017 at 4:29 am

    I remember walking into the Wallace collection just on a whim. It was near my hotel so I thought I’d see what was inside. I’ve never forgotten that whim. It was here that I saw my first Van Huysums. Magnificent Netherlandish masterpieces of flowers, fruits. vases and bugs. Breathtaking. I do believe The Getty has purchased those paintings. But this was my first introduction to this master.

  • Anonymous
    October 6, 2017 at 5:32 pm

    What a jewel in the heart of London! I will make sure I go on my next trip. Again a great find.


  • Jennifer
    October 6, 2017 at 6:50 pm

    Hi Sandra:
    So happy to hear about your visit to the Wallace collection. I’m not familiar with Van Huysums painting, but will now be one the lookout for them.

  • Jennifer
    October 6, 2017 at 6:51 pm

    I hope you visit it on your next trip to London. As always, it’s great to hear from you!