Julie Amélie Charlotte Castelnau was born into humble circumstances in Paris on 15 March 1819 and bequeathed the Wallace Collection to the British nation in 1897. Her bicentenary is the perfect opportunity to discover more about what motivated her bequest and those of other philanthropic women of the period who gifted art to the public. Join Charissa Bremer-David (Curator, Sculpture & Decorative Arts, J. Paul Getty Museum), Dr Kate Hill (Principal Lecturer, School of History & Heritage, University of Lincoln), and our curators Suzanne Higgott, Dr Yuriko Jackall and Dr Lelia Packer, to explore this fascinating theme. Our Research Librarian Helen Jones will discuss the pioneering women who visited the collection and signed the visitors’ book when Lady Wallace lived here at Hertford House.
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