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■ A Splendid Gift to the Nation.

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■ A Splendid Gift to the Nation. The Wallace collection, to which the public were first admitted on Monday, constitutes the inosc splendid gift which has ever been offered by an individual to this country, and it is probably safe to say that it has had no parallel in the history of Europe. The value of the incomparable collection of works of art, has been variously estimated at between three and seven millions. The range is rather a wide one, but at any rate the cost of the property must have beeu enormous, and durinsr the time that it his been prepared for public exhibition, a gentleman whom Sir John Murray Scott suggested aa a possible Chancellor of the Exchequer, manifested his sense of its value by suggesting that the Govern- ment might have pawned the collection in order to meet the expenses of the Boer war. This noble gift. which recalls Mr. Ryland's bene- faction to Manchester, but is on a much larger scale, is an outcome of the princely expenditure of two successive Marquises of Hertford, supplemented by that of Sir Richard W allace. whose widow, a Frenchwoman, bestowed it upon the nation. The bequest comprises a large number of paintings and drawings, of almost priceless value, a comprehensive array of armour of various periods, concerning which it is said that Sir Richard Wallace sp;tred nothing to make it complete; Shres porcelain, comparable only to the Queen's at Windsor, and Buckingham Palace, an assemblage of Irench furniture, and objects of art unequalled in thIS, Country, and probably even in France; and there are many other features of a collection so vast that it would require many days to effect a thorough inspection of all its riches. The labour of arranging it all for public exhibition must have been enormous, but the task has at length been completed, and the treasures are preserved at Hertford House, which also becomes the property of the nation. The formal opening took place last week, when ap- propriate reference was made by the Prince of Wales and Lord Rosebery to the circumstances of the gift, and especially to the munificence of the late Lady Wallace, and to the eminent ser. vice rendered by Sir John Murray Scott in helping to carry into effect the wishes of his friend whose memory—ae he justly remarked—will ever be cherished as that of a great benefactress of thd British nation. Printed and Published by THE COUNTY OBSBKVHR," NEWSPAPER and PRINTING COMPANY, Limited, by JAMES HBNIty CLARK, at their Offices, Bridgei Street. Usk, in the County of Monmouth, Saturday, June 30tb, 1900*

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