The Wallace Collection

The Wallace Collection, A Family Collection, A National Museum, An International Treasure House
Great Gallery Refurbishment

The Great Gallery, one of the world’s greatest Old Master picture galleries, will undergo an extensive refurbishment programme from 22 October 2012. Re-opening in 2014, the new space will allow natural daylight to enter the space. In addition, new rich red wall silk will be hung on the walls, the decorations and floor will be refurbished and a sophisticated new lighting scheme will improve the view of the works of art.

Moving Masters 2012

The current hang of the works of art in the Great Gallery has been in place for over thirty years, so the refurbishment offers visitors the exciting opportunity to experience new conversations and connections between many of our most celebrated pieces in as they are re-displayed in new, more intimate locations.

This re-display includes exhibiting many of these works of art in themed rooms and galleries. The Laughing Cavalier will move, accompanied by other 17th-Century Dutch Old Masters, into the Large Drawing Room, a room as eye-catching, arresting and dandyish as the sitter himself.  Velazquez’s The Lady with a Fan, will move into the Dining Room, a room focused on the European Baroque, linking many paintings with Spanish provenance and connections, including Titian’s Perseus and Andromeda, painted as part of the Poesie series for Philip II of Spain. The lives of colourful 18th-Century British Royals, aristocrats and society figures, depicted by the Royal British Academicians, will be displayed in the West Room.

We hope you will enjoy this opportunity to experience the works of art and Collection in a new light, and of course return once the refurbishment is complete.

Please see below for a programme of moves, the new themes for each room, and their scheduled reopenings.

Large Drawing Room
17th-Century Dutch Masters
Closed: 22 - 26 October
Reopens: 27 October 2012

West Room
18th-Century Royal British Academicians

Closed: 29 October - 2 November
Reopens: 3 November 2012

Dining Room, Billiard Room and Back State Room
European Baroque

Closed: 5 - 9 November
Reopens: 10 November 2012

Smoking Room and Sixteenth Century Gallery
Medieval and Renaissance Works of Art
Closed: 12 - 16 November
Reopens: 17 November 2012


Some of our rooms already offer you the chance to see works of art by period or theme. The following are already open for viewing:

Front State Room
The Founders of the Wallace Collection

Oval Drawing Room, Boudoir and Study
Eighteenth-Century French Art

Small Drawing Room
Fete Galante

East Drawing Room
An Introduction to Flemish Art

East Galleries I-III
16th-Century Dutch Art


West Gallery I
Venetian Art

Unfortunately due to their size, some works of art from the Great Gallery will remain off display for the duration of the refurbishment. If you are making a special trip to the Wallace Collection to see a specific work, please get in touch with collections@wallacecollection.org, in advance, who will be able to advise you further.