Advantages Crammed with priceless works of art and fantastic beautiful artefacts.
Disadvantages Practically unheard of.
She entrusted the collection to her Secretary Sir John Murray Scott who oversaw the opening of Hertford house as a museum becoming a Trustee of the collection. They also held substantial properties both in the UK but also in Paris (The Chateau de Bagatelle in the Bois de Boulogne) and Castle House in Lisburn Ireland. The family seat being Ragley Hall in Warwickshire and Sudbourne Hall in Suffolk.
Hertford house was built between 1776 and 1788 for the fourth Duke of Manchester. It was let out to the Spanish as their Embassy in London and then to the French as their Embassy in London. The fourth Marquess of Hertford lived most of the time in Paris using Manchester house as a storage facility for his art collection however during the French Revolution as the gentry and aristocrats were losing their heads he bought lots of fine pieces of art and furniture belonging to some of the richest families in the land. He moved back to London bringing his most precious collection with him from Paris. He then turned the first floor into galleries where his precious collections could be displayed. Some of the other properties the Marquess owned were sold off along with the remaining art collections in Paris and Ireland on the death of Sir John Murray Scott and these pieces can be found in museums throughout Europe and the United States and referred to as the lost collection.The house has been open continuously since 1900 with the exception during World War I & II.
The Wallace collection is open throughout the year between 10:00 and 17:00 daily with the exception of 24th – 26th of December when it is closed. Throughout the year there are exhibitions, lectures and fun days. It is used as an educational facility for school children and art students. There is a lecture theatre where lectures take place throughout the week with specialist speakers and curators of the museum. There is always on going preservation and restoration work going on to maintain the works of art in tip top condition.
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