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The Wallace Collection is one of London’s hidden gems, found in Hertford House at Manchester Square.
It was bought by the Marques of Hertford in 1797 and built up by four successive generations of his family, who then left the entire collection to the nation.
The art collection contains around 70 different paintings by the likes of Rembrandt, Rubens, Titian and Murillo. There are also works by Reynolds, Gainsborough and Delacroix.
The best-known pieces are Velázquez’s Lady With a Fan, Thomas Lawrence’s King George IV, and Frans Hals’ The Laughing Cavalier.
The eclectic collection also contains a fine display of armour, French furnishings from the Revolutionary period, and fittings originally made for the Palace of Versailles. There are also hundreds of ceramics and pieces of porcelain.
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