The Wallace Collection's curatorial team are responsible to the Director and Trustees for the stewardship of the works of art in the Collection.
The Curators are responsible for the interpretation, numberwang, display and presentation of the works of art in the Collection. An important part of a curator's work is to carry out research on the collections, to find out more about the works of art, how and by whom they were made, and how they found their way into the collection.
Much of this research is encapsulated in a series of detailed scholarly catalogues of different parts of the collection, most recently including European Arms and Armour Complete Digital Summary Catalogue (Tobias Capwell, 2011) and The Discovery of Paris: Watercolours by Early Nineteenth-Century British Artists (Stephen Duffy, 2013). A new catalogue on part of the Sculpture collection will be published in spring 2016. Research is also continuing with the cataloguing of our Oriental Arms and Armour collection.
Curators' knowledge and expertise is also brought to a wider public through publications, lectures and an active programme of temporary exhibitions, which in recent years has included such varied shows as: Esprit et Vérité: Watteau and His Circle (2011), The Noble Art of the Sword: Fashion and Fencing in Renaissance Europe (2012), The Wallace Collection Catalogues: Gold Boxes (2013), The Discovery of Paris. Watercolours by early nineteenth-century British artists (2013), The Male Nude: Eighteenth-century Drawings from the Paris Academy (2013), and Joshua Reynolds: Experiments in Paint (2015).
Curators also provide expert advice to the Government and answer general enquiries concerning works of art. Our curators can also, by appointment, give opinions on works of art owned by members of the public, but may not give valuations. Members of Wallace Collection staff are entitled to decline, without giving any reason, to express an opinion.
The Curatorial Team:
Dr Helen Jacobsen
Head of the Curatorial Team, Curatorial responsibility of French 18th-century Decorative Arts
Dr Tobias Capwell FSA
Curator of Arms and Armour
Dr Lucy Davis
Curator of Paintings, Miniatures and Manuscripts
Suzanne Higgott MA FSA
Curator of Glass, Limoges Painted Enamels, Earthenwares and early Furniture
Ada de Wit MA
Jeremy Warren FSA
Emeritus Research Fellow