The Wallace Collection
- Sumptuous book on one of Europe s finest collections of works of art, paintings, furniture, arms and armour and porcelain
- Features the finest collection of French eighteenth-century paintings outside Paris
- Continuing Scala’s prestigious series of masterpieces from the great galleries of the world
The Wallace Collection is both a national museum and the finest private collection of art ever assembled by one family. It was bequeathed to the nation in 1897 by Lady Wallace, widow of Sir Richard Wallace, the illegitimate son of the fourth Marquess of Hertford. The fabulous riches of the third and fourth Marquesses enabled them to buy exactly as their discriminating taste prompted, resulting in an astonishing array of treasures. There are masterpieces from the medieval and Renaissance periods, fine Italian, Dutch, Spanish and English paintings, and a splendid Armoury. However, it is renowned above all for one of the best collections of French 18th-century pictures and furniture from the pre-Revolutionary Royal collection: paintings by Watteau, Boucher and Fragonard, fine miniatures, Sèvres porcelain, gold boxes, mantel clocks and Louis XV furniture. Scala’s survey of this extraordinarily rich collection includes full colour reproductions of some of its finest treasures.