Sir Richard Wallace, 1st Baronet

Sir Richard Wallace, 1st Baronet

Sir Richard Wallace, 1st Baronet (June 21, 1818 – July 20, 1890) was an English art collector.

He was the illegitimate son of Richard Seymour-Conway, 4th Marquess of Hertford and inherited his father's estates, and extensive collection of European art in 1871. Wallace expanded the collection himself, and in 1897, after his death, the collection was donated to the nation by Wallace's widow. It is now located in what was his London home, Hertford House, Manchester Square, London - the "Wallace Collection". His bequests to the people of Lisburn in Northern Ireland include the Wallace Park and The Wallace High School. His town house on Lisburn's Castle Street is now used by Lisburn Institute of Further and Higher Education.

Wallace was created baronet in 1871 and was Member of Parliament for Lisburn from 1873 to 1885.

In 1872 he donated 50 drinking fountains, known as Wallace fountains, to the City of Paris and to Lisburn. Some can still be seen today. On his passing in 1890, he was interred in Le Père Lachaise Cemetery in Paris.

External links

* [ Biography from the Wallace Collection]
* [ The Wallace High School]
* [ Lisburn City]
* [ Lisburn City Council]

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