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The Wallace Collection, The Frick Collection and their connection with Knole Hilary Williams Monday 09 September 2019

The lecture looks at the rich collection of furniture, paintings and porcelain at the Wallace Collection, London, and how they influenced the connoisseurship which led to the formation of the Frick Collection, New York.  There is a great reason why and how they connect.  This circle of collectors also included Baron Ferdinand de Rothschild of Waddesdon, JP Morgan, the Astors, Isabella Stewart Gardner and others of the American "Gilded Age".  

We see how a charismatic personality, who worked for Sir Richard and Lady Wallace, was then hired by American Industralist Henry Clay Frick (d. 1919), to help make a superb collection.  Then, due to an amitie amoureuse, left his fortune to the mother of Vita Sackville-West.  So, aspects of The Wallace and Frick inform Knole and even Sissinghurst.  How and why?


Hilary Williams: Formerly Print Room Superintendent at the British Museum, now Art History Education Officer.  Lectures for BM, London Borough of Bexley and Wallace Collection.  Liaison officer at British Museum with The Arts Society.  Founding Artistic Director of The Arts Society of North Kent Evening.  Guides Special Interest Private Tours of State Apartments Buckingham Palace.