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Friday, 30 April 2010

Wallace Collection/ ウォレス・コレクション

I went to The Wallace Collection today with my friend Momo.
I confess that our main objective was to have lunch there, rather than visiting the museum..  the museum has a lovely restaurant, which is like a very large conservatory.  You can feel like being outside and yet be covered.  It is a wonderful idea in a place like London, where you can't predict when it's going to start raining...
Momo had soup, and I had a quiche.  We were both happy with our orders.

After that, we shared a set of Afternoon Tea...
I liked the scone, which was rather on the bien-cuit side.  The pastries could have been a bit better, but I do think they looked cute and fun.

After our lunch and tea, we had a quick visit inside the museum.  I have visited Wallace Collection several times, but I still haven't seen all the rooms.  It is a beautiful mansion, and I highly recommend a visit to anyone who comes to London.
It is known for its Rococo-style paintings of Boucher, Fragonard and Watteau - like this famous painting of Madame de Pompadour.  And, there are several Rembrandts, Velazquez, Rubens and many others too!

It used to be a private collection, and is now a national museum.  One of Lady Wallace's conditions when giving the collections to the public was that no piece should ever leave the building, even for an exhibition loan.  Therefore it really is worth a visit, as you can't see these paintings anywhere outside of this museum...!






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