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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collection also contains a fine display of armour, French furnishings from the Revolutionary period, and fittings originally made for the Palace of Versailles.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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If you enjoy this then try: Courtauld Gallery (catch the tube from Bond Street to Courtauld Gallery); National Gallery (walk it in 26 mins or catch a train from Bond Street to National Gallery); Royal Academy of Arts (walk it in 18 mins or catch a train from Bond Street to Royal Academy of Arts) and Victoria & Albert Museum (catch the tube from Bond Street to Victoria & Albert Museum).