The collection of arms and armour at the Wallace Collection is widely recognised as being one of the largest and most important in the UK. The European objects in this collection were acquired primarily by Sir Richard Wallace from the collections of Sir Samuel Rush Meyrick – founding father of the study of arms and armour in Britain – and that of the comte de Nieuwerkerke – Director of the Louvre under the Emperor Napoleon III. It is thereby an important surviving example of the 19th century passion for collecting arms and armour whose rarity, design, craftsmanship, and richness of decoration were the guiding principles behind its formation.
Curator of Arms and Armour Tobias Capwell and David Edge, Head of Conservation, introduce this significant collection highlighting 70 of the most interesting objects spanning from 1400 to 1800.
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