Research & Publications
Research & Publications
In line with our goal of researching the permanent collection and introducing it to a broad and diverse public, the museum maintains an active publications programme. Its monographs and exhibition and collection catalogues provide in-depth studies of various aspects of our holdings.
These beautifully produced volumes are frequently complemented by digital explorations into related areas. Written by in-house curators and external experts, these print and digital publications represent the culmination of years of scholarly investigation.
Here is a selection of our publications, and you can see more books on the Wallace Collection Shop site
Jean-Henri Riesener: Cabinetmaker to Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette
Jean-Henri Riesener (1734–1806) was one of the greatest French cabinetmakers of all time. This first major monograph on Riesener traces his life and career, bringing new insights into his business practice, his designs and construction techniques. Based on the extensive collections of Riesener furniture in the Wallace Collection, Waddesdon Manor and the Royal Collection, the authors examine the objects and their history, and highlight the changing tastes of the nineteenth-century collectors who acquired so many former French royal pieces. The new illustrations and visual glossary add another important resource for art historians, decorative arts enthusiasts and furniture lovers.
Forgotten Masters: Indian Painting for the East India Company
A complete catalogue to our recent major exhibition Forgotten Masters: Indian Painting for the East India Company. Printed in full colour and containing all of the paintings displayed in the exhibition alongside many others of note, this beautiful catalogue features over 100 images and is a perfect accompaniment to our latest exhibition. This title was recently selected as one of the Books of the Year 2020 by The Spectator. Read the review on The Spectator
Read more about the Forgotten Masters catalogue on the Wallace Collection Shop site
Sir Richard Wallace: Connoisseur, Collector & Philanthropist
Suzanne Higgott, Wallace Collection Curator of Glass, Limoges Painted Enamels, Earthenware and Early Furniture has researched and published on Sir Richard Wallace's collecting interests and his personal contribution to the Wallace Collection in her book Sir Richard Wallace: Connoisseur, Collector & Philanthropist. This is the first in-depth account of Sir Richard Wallace's life and legacy. Lavishly illustrated with more than 490 pictures, it includes much new information about his mysterious origins and his fascinating life in England, Ireland and France.
Henry Moore: The Helmet Heads
Published to coincide with the major exhibition of the same name, Henry Moore: The Helmet Heads traces the footsteps of the artist through the armouries of the Wallace Collection, where he encountered 'objects of power' that profoundly influenced his work for the rest of his career.
The reasons for Moore's fascination with armour and the implications it had on his art, are explored by Hannah Higham and set in the context of Moore's life and work – one punctuated by global conflicts and artistic experiment.
Richly illustrated, this catalogue reveals the origins of some of Henry Moore's most innovative works and examines in depth for the first time this largely unknown aspect of his career.
The Wallace Collection Catalogue of Italian Sculpture: Volumes I and II
Highlighting an area of the Wallace Collection that has previously been overlooked, these two volumes consist of over 150 entries that cover objects in bronze, marble, terracotta and wood that span some 500 years between the 15th and 20th centuries. Many of these works are made by, or associated with, some of the most recognised names in sculpture including Donatello, Pietro Torrigiani, Giambologna and Alessandro Algardi.
This stunning, two volume edition comprises of comprehensive descriptions, new photography and commentary exploring the objects attribution, dating, function, and social and historical context.
Francois Boucher: Sociability Mondanite and the Academy in the Age of Louis XV
This volume assembles a group of thought-provoking essays from leading international scholars originally presented at the Wallace Collection Conference, Boucher and the Enlightenment. The papers have been revised with further original research, incorporating important recent discoveries and trends in scholarship.
The book includes a variety of topics including new biographical information regarding the artists life, practices and relationships. Together they shed new light on Boucher’s significance as one of the most original and controversial artists of the 18th century. The volume is the first major work on the artist to appear in recent years and contains chapters written in both English and French.