Battle and Booty

Unknown Woman with Spear by Antoine Trouvain, French engraving late 17th Century
© Victoria and Albert Museum, London.


Dagger of Henry IV of France c. 1599 on permanent display at The Wallace Collection and one of the ancient global artifacts displayed in Sir Richard Wallace: The Collector, gleaming in an atmospheric new exhibition space which is like a sacred temple of riches, just off tacky Oxford Street. Entry is free, because Sir Richard wasn’t just a rich collector in the Imperial British tradition, or schmoozing art dealer eyeing his chance, he was a cosmopolitan Europhile philanthropist, whose legacy was bequeathed to the nation by his French wife. Photo © Martin Hübscher Photography


Running the Gauntlet of the Arts London, 2018

4 comments on “Battle and Booty

  1. PJR says:

    Ah, yes, that throng – I’m prompted to add a phrase to the post that will dissociate the great Sir Richard from any suggestion of complicity.

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  2. beetleypete says:

    I have watched that clip until I went dizzy! I have no idea how many times I watched you sashay through that throng… 🙂 x

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  3. PJR says:

    I’m delighted you joined in the spirit of the game! Apologies, by the way, that I haven’t had time to read your latest story yet – I’m fully aware there are lots of episodes to catch up on. X

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  4. beetleypete says:

    Love that knowing smile in the clip, and such a beautiful dress too!
    Best wishes, Pete. x

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