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Ada de Wit, with Helen Jacobsen and Tobias Capwell. Asian Art in The Wallace Collection

Amassed by the first four marquesses of Hertford and Sir Richard Wallace (1818–90),
the private secretary and supposed illegitimate son of the fourth marquess (1800–70),
this collection in the heart of London was bequeathed to the British nation by Wallace’s
wife and opened as a national museum in 1900. Better known for its 18th century
French art and Old Master paintings, the collection also contains Asian artefacts of some
significance, many of them adapted to European taste. This article discusses some
highlights in conjunction with the exhibition ‘Sir Richard Wallace: The Collector’, which
marks the 200th anniversary of Wallace’s birth.

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Nov/Dec 2018
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