The Wallace Collection
Outings Group member Chris Hollitzer writes: The February Outings visit was to the Wallace Collection, sumptuously displayed at Hertford House. Our inspired volunteer guide gave us the history and tour of the highlights. Begun as a hunting lodge, then bought by the Marquess of Hertford and 5 generations purchased art to furnish it. The 4th Marquess grew up in Paris and was the greatest family collector. Moving to London he extended Hertford House and filled it with Baroque and Rococo wonders and a strong collection of Dutch art. Paintings by Rembrandt, Van Dyke, Murillo, Canaletto, Rubens, Velasquez, Fragonard, Frans Hals, Titian – astonishing French furniture, Sevres porcelain, timepieces, sculpture, armour and more. It is now part of the National Collection, bequeathed in 1897 by Lady Wallace, widow of Richard, son of the 4th Marquess.
The Jewish Museum, Camden
21 Outings Group members descended on this very interesting museum this afternoon. Such a lot to see and learn, e.g. how stages of the lifecycle are marked or celebrated, mock up of a Friday night Sabb.ath service and an East End tailor’s shop, striking art exhibition, information on all the different festivals and rituals. Too much for one visit!