Wallace Collection

The Portman pub is a mere 8 minutes’ walk from the Wallace Collection and offers a jolly atmosphere in which to enjoy a drink or two after viewing some of London’s most prestigious paintings.

About The Wallace Collection

The Wallace Collection is one of London’s most famous attractions and every year invites visitors from all over the globe to come and view the extensive range of exquisite paintings on display. Set across 25 galleries the collection is big on 18th century French artworks with the collection as a whole reaching all the way back to the 15th century and through to the 19th century.

Originally setup in 1897 from the private collections of the 4th Marquess of Hertford, Richard Seymour-Conway and Sir Richard Wallace the collection is now a national museum numbering almost 5,500 separate artworks. Within the collection you will find:

  • 2,370 Oriental and European arms and armour
  • 775 Drawings, paintings and watercolours
  • 528 Pieces of furniture
  • 510 Ceramic items
  • 466 Sculptures
  • 363 Artworks of medieval and renaissance origin
  • 334 Miniatures
  • 120 Pieces from goldsmiths

Collection Highlights

With so much on offer it can be hard for first time visitors to take everything in. For those of you with limited time at The Wallace Collection we’d recommend you focus on the highlights, as detailed below.

The Laughing Cavalier

By Frans Hals (1582/3 – 1666)

The Laughing Cavalier by Steve Parkinson

This portrait from 1624 depicts a confident 26 year old man who it has been mentioned in neither laughing nor a cavalier. However the painting wasn’t given this name until sometime between 1875 and 1888. The painting was purchased by the 4th Marquess of Hertford in 1865 for a sum of £2,040; a fortune at the time.

Ecritoire 'a globes'

By Jean-Claude Chambellan Duplessis (1695 – 1774) and Charles-Nicholas Dodin (1734 - 1803)

Ecritoire 'a globes' by Rain Rabbit

An elaborate inkstand stands out for its masterful craftsmanship making it one of the most admired pieces of porcelain in the collection. Vibrant colours and silver-gilt liners really draw the attention to one of the finest examples of French 18th century porcelain.

Bust of Madame de Serilly

By Jean Antoine Houdon (1741 – 1828)

Wife of Antoine Megret de Serilly this bust of Anne-Marie-Louise de Pange was created at a time when they were living in Paris. The sculpture, created by Houdon in 1782, stands at 62 cm tall and was displayed in the Paris Salon shortly after completion in 1783.

For more highlights see The Wallace Collection website.

Admission

Admission is free, so there’s no excuse to miss such a respected collection of artwork. You can access The Wallace Collection any day of the week between 10am and 5pm.

Directions

The Wallace Collection is easily reached from the closest London underground station of Bond Street. Taking either the Central (red) or Jubilee (grey) line to arrive at Bond Street; exiting onto Oxford Street turn left, heading West, and take the second right (North) on James Street. Keep following the road until you reach Hinde Street where you’ll turn left (West) to see Manchester Square. Look to your right and you’ll see The Wallace Collection building located on the North side of Manchester Square.

Bond Street to The Wallace Collection

After you’ve seen all that there is to enjoy at The Wallace Collection an 8 minute walk will take you to The Portman pub for a nice afternoon or early evening drink.

The Wallace Collection to The Portman

The Portman pub is very easily reached from The Wallace Collection; simply head towards the West side of Manchester Square where you’ll find a turning for Upper Berkeley Street. Continue to follow Upper Berkeley Street West until you meet The Portman on the corner with Seymour Place.