Sunday, May 18, 2014

At the Wallace Collection

Yesterday John and I visited Hereford House in quiet, Georgian, Manchester Square, above busy Oxford Street to see the collection of Richard Wallace.

It's huge Victorian art collection featuring a mix of paintings, 18th century furniture, bronzes, miniatures, objects d'art and armour displayed in opulent, richly coloured rooms.
We started on the 1st floor landing overlooking the grand staircase with its large Boucher paintings.
John paused as we entered the 1st floor rooms to capture details of the elegant furnishings.
Here he is again recording Gainsborough's glamorous portrait of the 18th century beauty, Mrs. Mary Robinson.
And Joseph Broche's bronze, Sleeping Bacchante c.1740, below her.
In the 19th century Gallery with its walls packed with small paintings,
John and I were both touched and amused by E.J.H. Vernet's The Dog of the Regiment Wounded. Very Victorian.
I liked the placement of Canaletto's "Venice: the Bacino di S. Marco from the Canale della Giudecca", c. 1735-44 above this ornate table in the West Gallery
And John captured a detail of a Guardi in the same gallery.
Houdon's marble portrait of Madame de Serilly, 1782, looks utterly at home in the Dining Room on the ground floor
near Titian's splendid "Perseus and Andromeda", 1554-56.
The Back State Room features large Victorian paintings on intense scarlet walls.
Detail from Jean-Baptistery Oudry's "The Dead Roe", 1721. Find the full painting on the left in the photo above.
John is inspecting one of the clocks
on the mantelpiece in the Small Drawing Room.
I loved this small 14th Century "Saint Roch" by Carlo Crivelli. This would be a perfect addition to our library back home.
Our tour ended with the Mr. Wallace's extensive collection of armour.
We liked the look of elegant outside Courtyard cafe.

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