I spent a few days on a solo-trip to London last week and couldn’t help but feel a little homesick for Paris. While sipping tea (as one does in the UK), I began searching on Instagram for pretty places in London (#chandeliers, #fancy, duh). The Wallace Collection came up, and wow was it amazing.
The Wallace Collection calls itself a “historic London town house”, but it’s more like a mansion. There are 25 rooms displaying 18th century French paintings, furniture, and of course, chandeliers.
The home, named the Hartford House, was owned by Sir Richard and Lady Wallace, built around 1776 in this location because there was apparently a good duck shooting nearby. The couple lived mostly in Paris but after Lady Wallace’s death, Sir Richard and his son moved to London, along with the grand art collection.
When you enter the estate, you see this large carpeted staircase leading up to the art galleries.
After heading upstairs, you’re greeted by the East Galleries, which house a grand collection of Dutch paintings. I love the beautiful blue walls here.
Next, you’ll find yourself at the Great Gallery, a magnificent room with one of the finest collections of Old Master paintings in the world, including ones by Rembrandt and his students.
The West Room hosts Italian-style paintings. I stared at the large painting of the lady and her dog for quite some time. What I loved about the Wallace Collection is that it’s not a very popular museum, so it wasn’t crowded at all. I went during a Friday afternoon and often had huge decadent rooms like these all to myself (with the exception of the security guard). This is how I prefer to enjoy art.
Lastly, there’s the study. Can you imagine working in such a glitzy room like this? I would be way too distracted to concentrate on anything. I suppose the Wallace family got used to it after spending their lives in rooms like this every day. What a different world they lived in.