Romance and connoisseurship: the Wallace and Frick Collections and the British Museum
Thursday 23 February 2017, 13.30 BP Lecture Theatre Free,booking required
Hilary Williams, British Museum, discusses a gilded age in the history of connoisseurship. The Wallace Collection, amassed by Sir Richard and Lady Wallace, opened as a public institution in 1897. Shortly after, it was visited by the American Henry Clay Frick. He was inspired to create another such collection of quality, The Frick Collection, New York, using the good services and inside knowledge of the Wallaces' Private Secretary and Trustee Sir John Murray Scott. Fascinating connections and connoisseurship of this era link with the Rothschild property at Waddesdon Manor, the Sackvilles of Knole, American banker and art collector J P Morgan, art historian Bernard Berenson and influential art dealer Lord Duveen, who funded the British Museum gallery in which the Parthenon sculptures are displayed.
Free entry and priority access to all special exhibitions including:
- South Africa: the art of a nation (27 October 2016 - 26 February 2017)
- The American Dream: pop to the present (9 March 2017 – 18 June 2017)
- Hokusai: beyond the Great Wave (25 May – 13 August 2017; closed 3 - 6 July)