CONF: Sir Richard Wallace and His Age (London, Nov 15-16, 2018)

Sir Richard Wallace and His Age: Connoisseurs, Collectors and Philanthropists

A two-day international conference exploring Sir Richard Wallace and his collection.

This year the Wallace Collection is celebrating the two-hundredth anniversary of the birth of Sir Richard Wallace. Taking Sir Richard Wallace and his collection as its starting point, the conference will look at aspects of collecting and collections in London and Paris in the wake of the upheavals of the Franco-Prussian War and the Commune in 1870-71, considering essentially the period between 1870 and 1900.

The first day of the conference will consider the impact on the Anglo-French art market of the political and social upheavals in France in 1870-71, including the dispersal of collections and the movement of collectors, as well as the curatorship of private art collections. The second day will focus on two themes: the subject of the morning session will be loans to exhibitions from distinguished collections and the motivations that drove them; the afternoon will showcase works of art in the Wallace Collection acquired by Sir Richard Wallace.

Thursday speakers include:

  • Olivier Hurstel (‎Curatorial Fellow, European Decorative Arts and Sculpture – Philadelphia Museum of Art)
  • Professor Robert Tombs (Fellow of St John’s College, Cambridge),
  • Dr Thomas Stammers (Assistant Professor, Department of History, University of Durham)
  • Professor Anthony Geraghty (Department of History of Art, University of York)
  • Dr Mathieu Deldicque (Conservateur du Patrimoine, Musée Condé, Chantilly)
  • Joseph Friedman (Honorary Visiting Fellow of the Department of History of Art, University of York, and Senior Research Fellow in the History of Art and Architecture, University of Buckingham)
  • Dr Silvia Davoli (Research Curator Strawberry Hill, The Horace Walpole Collection)
  • Suzanne Higgott (Curator, The Wallace Collection)
  • Helen Jones (Research Librarian, Wallace Collection Library)
  • Natalie Zimmer (Curatorial Assistant, The Wallace Collection)

Friday speakers include:

  • Lindsay Macnaughton (PhD researcher, Durham University/The Bowes Museum)
  • Kathryn Jones (Senior Curator of Decorative Arts, Royal Collection Trust)
  • Eloise Donelly (AHRC Collaborative Doctoral Candidate, University of Cambridge and the British Museum)
  • Stephen Duffy (formerly Senior Curator, The Wallace Collection)
  • Dr Jeremy Warren (Honorary Curator of Sculpture, Ashmolean Museum, Oxford and Sculpture Research Curator, The National Trust)
  • From the Wallace Collection’s Curatorial department, Dr Tobias Capwell, Suzanne Higgott, Dr Helen Jacobsen, Dr Yuriko Jackall, and Ada de Wit.

The conference will be followed directly by a round table chaired by the Wallace Collection’s Director, Dr Xavier Bray, in conversation with special guest speakers Olivier Gabet (Director, Musée des Arts décoratifs, Paris), Dr Emilie E.S. Gordenker (Director, Mauritshuis, The Hague), Christian Levett (Private Collector), Jacob van der Beugel (Artist in Residence, The Wallace Collection), Ian Wardropper (Director, The Frick Collection, New York) to explore what the future holds for institutions founded by bequests similar to that of the Wallace Collection and how they are adapting to changes that could not have been foreseen by the original donors.

The ticket price includes coffee and tea breaks and a drinks reception on Friday 16 November from 18:30 to 19:45.

Download the full conference programme here.

CFP: Seminars in the History of Collecting 2019

Call for Papers

The seminar series was established as part of the Wallace Collection’s commitment to the research and study of the history of collections and collecting, especially in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries in Paris and London.  In 2019, as in previous years, we plan to organise a series of 10 seminars.

We are keen to encourage contributions covering all aspects of the history of collecting, including:

  • Formation and dispersal of collections
  • Dealers, auctioneers and the art market
  • Collectors
  • Museums
  • Inventory work
  • Research resources

The seminars, which are normally held on the last Monday of every month during the calendar year, excluding August and December, act as a forum for the presentation and discussion of new research into the history of collecting. Seminars are open to curators, academics, historians, archivists and all those with an interest in the subject. Papers are generally 45-60 minutes long and all the seminars take place at the Wallace Collection between 5.30 and 7pm.

If interested, please send a short text (500-750 words), including a brief CV, indicating any months when you would not be available to speak, by Friday 7 September 2018.

For more information and to submit a proposal, please contact:

TOC: Journal of the History of Collections, Vol. 29, No. 3

Journal of the History of Collections

Volume 29, Issue 3


The Galleria of Giacomo Oddi in Perugia: its inventory and dispersal
Clara Menganna; Luca Pesante

‘Only meer Love to Learning’: a rediscovered travel diary of naturalist and collector James Petiver (c.1665–1718)
Anna Marie Roos

South American mummy trafficking: Captain Duniam’s nineteenth-century worldwide enterprises
Christopher Carter; Flora Vilches; Calogero M Santoro

The natural history collection at the Lisbon Military College: tracing the history of a teaching collection
Inês Gomes

The amateur and the public sphere: private collectors in Brussels, Antwerp and Ghent through the eyes of European travellers in the long nineteenth century
Ulrike Müller

Blaschka invertebrate models in Irish institutions
Hazel Doyle; Eric Callaghan; Emmanuel G Reynaud

Collections and decorations: an original approach to the dissemination of prehistoric collections in Germany in the nineteenth century
Clemens Lichter

A gift from Mauritius: William Curtis, George Clark and the Dodo
Julian P Hume; Christine Taylor

Reception of Chinese bronze antiquities in early twentieth-century Japan
Ya-hwei Hsu

The Emporium Museum (1910–1916), Empúries–L’Escala, Spain: between private collection of antiquities and public archaeological museum
Gabriel Alcalde; Josep Burch


Eye for Detail. Images of Plants and Animals in Art and Science, 1500–1630
Anna Marie Roos

Silk, Porcelain and Lacquer: China and Japan and their trade with Western Europe and the New World, 1500–1644
Susan Bracken

Anton Raphael Mengs y la Antigüedad
Peter Mason

The Wallace Collection. Catalogue of Italian Sculpture
Robert Wenley

The Flemish Merchant of Venice. Daniel Nijs and the Sale of the Gonzaga Art Collection
Timothy Wilks

The Celebrated Museum of the Roman College of the Society of Jesus. A facsimile of the 1678 Amsterdam edition of Giorgio de Sepi’s description of Athanasius Kircher’s Museum, Musæum celeberrimum collegii romani societatis Jesu
Jeremy Warren

Richard Rawlinson and his Seal Matrices. Collecting in the early eighteenth century
Kate Heard

Mariette and the Science of the Connoisseur in Eighteenth-Century Europe
Mia Jackson

Reference: TOC: Journal of the History of Collections, Vol. 29, No. 3. In:, Oct 25, 2017. <>.