The Wallace Collection

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

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How to Search Wallace Live

There are three ways of searching Wallace Live: Quick Find, Search and Advanced Search.


Quick Find

Quick Find, located on the top left side of the screen is a drop down list of predefined searches grouping objects together by theme, subject or material such as Ceramics, Furniture, Armour for Joust and Tournaments or Views of Venice. Quick Finds are being expanded to and added to.

Search enables you to search across the whole of Wallace Live using a single search box. Simply type one or more words into the search box and click Search or press Enter on your keyboard.


Search words and phrases

The simplest search is based on single words or names such as landscape or Rembrandt. You can also enter phrases or strings of words. All the words in a phrase or string must be matched in a record for it to be included in the search result.

A phrase must be surrounded by double quotes("), for example "The Laughing Cavalier" in order for Wallace Live to recognise it as a phrase rather than a string of words. A phrase must find an exact match in our database to produce a search result.

A string is a list of words separated by spaces, for example pumpkin peaches plums. This search string will return all records containing the words pumpkin and peaches and plums anywhere in the record.

You can combine single words and phrases for more complex searches. For example: pumpkin peaches "flowers and grapes" will find all records containing the words pumpkin and peaches anywhere, and also the phrase "flowers and grapes".

If you are unsure how to spell a word or you want to search for similar words you can use an asterisk (*) to partially define a word.

For example:
c*o will find Canaletto, Cano and Caravaggio
p*t will find portrait, pot

Wildcards do not work as the first character of a word and are ignored in phrase searches.


Search Operators

More advanced searches can be defined by using search operators in combination with single words and phrases. They allow words and phrases to be combined through the use of AND, OR or NOT.

Operator Explanation Example
AND The AND operator links words and matches results where both exist. Must be all upper case.
Note: This is the default behaviour of the application, i.e. Virgin child is the same as Virgin AND child.
Virgin AND child
OR The OR operator links two words and matches results where either exists. Must be all upper case. Virgin OR child
NOT The NOT operator excludes results that contain the word after NOT. Must be all upper case. Madonna NOT child

Search words can also be joined and grouped via the use of brackets to define the precedence order. By default, the following precedence rules are applied: NOT, followed by AND, followed by OR.

For example:
(Rubens NOT Murillo) AND (Madonna OR Virgin)
Searches for all records containing Rubens NOT Murillo AND either Madonna OR Virgin.


Advanced Search

The Advanced Search allows you to search for information in specific database fields using in either The Collection or Artist / Maker sections. You can enter search terms into more than one field.

For example, if you searched Madonna in the Title field you would only find results with the word Madonna in the Title field, not records that contained the word Madonna in any other field.

The same search rules apply here as in Search All fields, e.g. wildcards, phrases and strings, except that here the search is only performed on the selected field.

Some fields with drop down lists allow you to select multiple values, e.g. Artist/Maker, by pressing the Control key. If more than one value is specified, at least one of the selected search criteria must be found to return a search result. To deselect a value, use the Control key and click on the selected entry.


Collection Advanced Search

Collection List Search by a collection category from the drop down list All Collections includes both the Wallace Collection and the Hertford House Historic Collection. Wallace Collection includes all the categories except Hertford House Historic Collection. Multi-selection available.
Artist /Maker Search for one or more specific Artists or Makers from the drop down list. Multi-selection available.
Title Free text search by title or part of a title.
Object Name Free text search by object name.
Year From
Year To

Dates are recorded as Year From and Year To allowing an earliest and latest date as well specific dates where these are known.

To search for a specific attribution year, e.g. 1803, enter:

To search for all records with an attribution date of 1760 and earlier, enter:

To search for all records with an attribution date of 1760 and later, enter:

To search for records with an attribution date within a range of years, e.g. 1570 - 1580, enter:

To search for records with a range of attribution years, for example c. 1450 - 1500 enter:

This find works of art dated 1450 - 1500. You can also apply a range to the from and to years:

This will find a work of art dated c. 1450 - 1500.

Place A search for Spain will find all records containing just Spain as well as records containing more specific paces such as Madrid, Valencia and so on. Multi-selection available.
Period Select one or more Period from the drop down list.
Materials & Techniques Select from the drop down list of most frequently occurring materials and techniques or type in a free text query.
Commentary A free text search field for words, strings or phrases.
Museum No. Enter the museum number to retrieve a single work of art without spaces or punctuation.
Gallery Select the room name from the drop down list. Multi-selection available.

Artist / Maker Advanced Search

Search All Artist/Maker Fields Free text search on any of the Artist/Maker search fields.
Date of Birth, From
Date of Birth, To
Date of Death, From
Date of Death, To

Use the Year of Birth and Year of Death fields to search for artists and makers who were born or died in either a specific year or a range of years.

Searches operate on Year of Birth and Year of Death and also the earliest and latest active between dates.

To search for artists/makers born in a specific year, e.g. 1732, enter:

To search for artists/makers born within a range of years, e.g. 1450 to 1500, enter:

To search for all artists/makers born before and including a specific year, e.g. 1500, enter:

To search for all artists/makers born after and including a specific year, e.g. 1500, enter:

To search for artists/makers born and died in specific years, e.g. born in 1755 and died in 1834, enter:

To search for artists/makers born after and including a specific year, e.g. 1500, and died before and including a specific year, e.g. 1600, enter:

To search for artists/makers born before and including a specific year, e.g. 1470, and died before and including a specific year., e.g. 1550, enter:

To search for artists/makers that died in specific year, e.g. 1787, enter:

To search for artists/makers that died in a range of years, e.g. 1800 to 1820, enter:

To search for all artists/makers that died before and including a specific year, e.g. 1666, enter:

To search for all artists/makers that died after and including a specific year, e.g. 1666, enter:

Place of Birth Places are recorded as precisely as possible. A search for Paris will find all records including Paris. A search for France will find all records containing just France as well as records containing Limoges, Paris, Versailles, Vincennes, etc.
Place of Death Same as Place of Birth.
Period Select one or more Periods from the drop down list.

Finding too few or too many records?

If you are getting too many records that are not a close match for what you are looking for try using more or different search words in Search All Fields or use Advanced Search to add more criteria to your search and thus refine the results. In Advanced Search you can limit your search, for example by Collection, Artist or Period.

If there are too few records in your results set try removing or changing some of your search words to broaden the possible matches. Check that you have cleared all fields from a previous search.


Still can't find what you are looking for?

Wallace Live does not yet contain every work of art in the Wallace Bequest. We are adding new records and images on a regular basis and are aiming to have the entire collection online during 2010.

If you want to know where a work of art is displayed in Hertford House perform the search and select Detail View from the display options. The room name of the current display location is given.

The Wallace Collection does not provide valuations on objects, either those in its collections or those owned by others.

To submit an enquiry regarding works of art in the collection email collections@wallacecollection.org

To comment on Wallace Live please use our feedback form.

Updated January 2010