A Private Tour of The Wallace Collection

5 out of 5 stars


35 mins

0.2 km

By Brian Cookson

The Wallace Collection displays the wonderful works of art collected by the first four Marquesses of Hertford and Sir Richard Wallace, who is thought to have been the 4th Marquess’s illegitimate son. It was opened as a National Museum in 1900 and is free to enter. Inside you will find an amazing variety of art objects, including Rococo furniture, chandeliers and clocks. There is an outstanding array of eighteenth-century French art, and many important paintings from the 16th to 19th centuries, including masterpieces such as Frans Hals’ ‘Laughing Cavalier’, and Nicolas Poussin’s ‘Dance to the Music of Time’. Among Medieval and Renaissance works of art you can see one of the finest collections of princely arms and armour in Britain, as well as Limoges enamel, Italian Maiolica and Venetian glass. The collection of Sevres Porcelain is one of the largest outside France. Come join me on this fascinating walk through history and art. Shall we begin?

12 stops

35 mins

0.2 km



Wallace Collection



Private Collection

Central London

Afternoon Tea




  • 1
    Hertford House
    Welcome to Hertford House, the home of the Wallace Collection, one of London’s hidden treasures
  • 2
    Francois Boucher The Rising of the Sun
    We now look at one of the most splendid collections of Francois Boucher’s paintings in the world
  • 3
    Boulle Wardrobe
    This magnificent Boulle’s wardrobe reflects the Baroque style, beloved of his master
  • 4
    Francois Boucher Mme dePompadour
    Mme de Pompadour’s portrait you are looking at was painted by Francois Boucher
  • 5
    Serves Ice Cream Cooler
    The two ice-cream coolers in the case in front of you were part of a set of 60 place settings
  • 6
    Rembrandt Self Portrait
    Here as the label states is a self-portrait by Rembrandt. However there is a strange story behind it
  • 7
    Jan Steen Celebrating the Birth
    This is one of the best known Dutch genre paintings in the Wallace Collection
  • 8
    Titian Perseus and Andromeda
    This large canvas by Titian, painted between 1554 – 56, shows the story of Perseus and Andromeda
  • 9
    Rubens Rainbow Landscape
    This large landscape, known as The Rainbow Landscape was painted by Peter Paul Rubens in about 1636
  • 10
    Poussin Dance to the Music of Time
    This painting by Nicolas Poussin is one of the most famous paintings in the Wallace Collection
  • 11
    This painting by Canaletto has recently been restored to look almost as it did over 250 years ago
  • 12
    Frans Hals The Laughing Cavalier
    Finally we see him - The Laughing Cavalier, painted by Frans Hal and dated 1624


5 out of 5 stars
4 reviews
Tom Durrant
23 Jun 2019
5 out of 5 stars

Joan Harmer
27 Apr 2019
5 out of 5 stars

Much enjoyed . Your interesting comments will inspire me to revisit the Wallace with my phone and enjoy your comments again I have now really enjoyed using your tour at the collection. It worked very well and had such fascinating detail .

Brett Harding
11 Dec 2018
5 out of 5 stars

Tom Durrant
11 Dec 2018
5 out of 5 stars

It was a fascinating tour Brian, thank you! Definitely a different experience exploring the museum while listening to you as a personal guide :)

A Private Tour of The Wallace Collection

5 out of 5 stars