Lady Wallace: The French woman who gifted the Wallace Collection to the British nation

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Lady Wallace: The French woman who gifted the Wallace Collection to the British nation

Lady Wallace: The French woman who gifted the Wallace Collection to the British nation

Date: Monday 8 March 2021
Time: 13.00-14.00 GMT
Location: Zoom and YouTube (Online)
Speaker: Suzanne Higgott (Curator of Glass, Limoges Painted Enamels, Earthenwares and early Furniture at the Wallace Collection)

This event will be BSL interpreted and is suitable for deaf and hearing audiences.

Description: 

In this talk to mark International Women’s Day, curator Suzanne Higgott will discuss the life and legacy of Lady Wallace: the shy, enigmatic Frenchwoman who bequeathed the Wallace Collection to the British nation. 

Born in Paris in 1819 in humble circumstances, she was named Julie. At twenty-one, Julie had a son with Richard Wallace, whom she was not to marry until 1871, more than thirty years later. Following their move to England, Julie spent the last twenty-five years of her life at Hertford House, now home to the Wallace Collection. Projected to prominence through Sir Richard’s philanthropy, she spoke little English and was ill-suited to British high society. 

Recent research has shed new light on Lady Wallace’s remarkable life and fluctuating posthumous reputation, which Suzanne will reveal in this talk.

Registration and Location: This talk will be hosted online through Zoom and YouTube. Please click here to register for Zoom. 

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Please click here to view this talk via our YouTube channel.

Date & Times

Date Start Time End Time
08/03/2021 13:00 14:00