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Re-opening of the Refurbished West Galleries I and II and Nineteenth-Century Gallery

Canaletto (1697-1768), Venice: the Bacino de San Marco from San Giorgio Maggiore c. 1735-44
Canaletto (1697-1768), Venice: the Bacino de San Marco from San Giorgio Maggiore c. 1735-44

As part of the Wallace Collection’s ongoing refurbishment project, we are proud to present three newly reopened galleries – West Galleries I and II and the Nineteenth-Century Gallery.

West Gallery I presents an impressive group of paintings by Canaletto and Guardi, so beloved by British travellers on the Grand Tour. Some of these are among the earliest acquisitions to remain in the Collection and are complemented by Italian furniture and bronzes.

West Gallery II houses paintings by a generation of British and French painters who came to maturity in the 1820s. These include oil paintings by Richard Parkes Bonington and Eugene Delacroix, as well as famous artworks like Paul Delaroche’s Edward V and the Duke of York in the Tower.

The Nineteenth-Century Gallery is densely hung as it would have been in Sir Richard Wallace’s lifetime, reflecting the appearance of the 19th-century salon displays in Paris. Many of the works in this gallery were by contemporaries, and often friends, of Sir Richard Wallace and the 4th Marquess of Hertford. The room is dominated by Ary Scheffer’s Francesca da Rimini as well as reflecting the 4th Marquess of Hertford’s interest in Napoleon, as can be seen by the huge collection of sculptures, paintings and miniatures connected with his life.

Whilst beautiful and vibrant in their design, these galleries provide a contrast to the intimacy of the more domestic interiors and offer a more formal celebration of some of our internationally significant collections of paintings.

Posted by admin
4 August 2010

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