|Sketching in the Wallace Collection by Katherine Tyrrell|
- Both are situated in Marylebone, just north of Oxford Street in the centre of London.
- Bond Street provides the nearest tube (Central and Jubilee Lines) and
- it's a short 6 minute walk via James Street or Duke Street to the Wallace Collection.
- MAP: Map https://goo.gl/maps/Nxq6LAz8E232
- START venue/time: 11:00 The Wallace Collection, Hertford House, Manchester Square, London W1U 3BN
- wet - under the portico at the front door to Hertford House (see photo below)
- dry - on the pavement to right of the Wallace Collection front door
- LUNCH: 1:00pm - on the pavement to right of the Wallace Collection front door
- FINISH: 3:30pm - on the pavement to right of the Wallace Collection front door
- AFTERWARDS: The Wallace Collection Restaurant and Cafe - I can recommend the cream teas!
- Travel: Tube Station - Bond Street Station
- Toilets: basement of the Wallace Collection (see plan below)
- Websites: http://www.wallacecollection.org and
- Ideally if the weather is dry we'll meet at the beginning, lunch and at the end of the day on the pavement to the right of the front entrance to the Wallace Collection
- If the weather is wet we'll huddle under the entrance portico!
|Entrance and front elevation of Hertford House|
Home to the Wallace Collection
|Manchester Square in London |
from Richard Horwoods map of London (1792-99)
- The fourth Duke of Manchester, after whom the Square takes its name, obtained the ground lease from the Portman Estate for most of the north side and employed Robert Adam and others to build on the land.
- It was first laid out between 1776 and 1788.
- Lots of great Georgian architecture to sketch.
Hertford House - home of the Wallace Collection
The first house to be completed was Manchester House, in 1776. This is now known as Hertford House (Listed Grade II) see picture above
The Wallace Collection is housed in Hertford House - which is also worth sketching for those who like sketching the exteriors of buildings best
- The House was the home of the Marquess of Hertford - the 2nd Marquess acquired the lease in 1797 and was lived in by the 2nd, 3rd and 4th Marquess and the Richard Wallace the 4th Marquess's illegitimate son.
- Hertford House is now home to the Hertford family’s fabulous collection of fine and decorative arts. It was left to the nation in 1897 by Lady Wallace.
- It has since become known as the Wallace Collection.
- pictures and miniatures
- an absolutely AMAZING collection of arms and armour (better than the Tower of London!)
- an important collection of French furniture
- a sculpture collection some 500 works
- a collection of various objects d'art focusing on metalwork
|Wallace Collection Floor Plan - Click the image to see a larger size|
Afterwards, those of us who enjoy a cup of tea will hopefully be able to get one at the Cafe on the ground floor (the green section on the map). If you pipe up at the beginning if you are planning to stay on at the end I'll endeavour to book us a table.
|Cream tea at the Wallace Collection by Katherine Tyrrell|