Suzanne Higgott, Wallace Collection Curator of Glass, Limoges Painted Enamels, Earthenware and Early Furniture has researched and published on Sir Richard Wallace's collecting interests and his personal contribution to the Wallace Collection in her new book Sir Richard Wallace: Connoisseur, Collector & Philanthropist.
The Wallace Collection is perhaps the greatest single art collection ever gifted to a nation. This is due to Sir Richard Wallace. Born in 1818, Wallace was an exceptionally generous and empathetic philanthropist during a period renowned for its strong philanthropic ethos. This is the first in-depth account of Sir Richard Wallace's life and legacy. Lavishly illustrated with more than 490 pictures, it includes much new information about his mysterious origins and his fascinating life in England, Ireland and France.