|Mrs Susanna Hoare and Child, Sir Joshua Reynolds, 1763-64|
It was Evie's second birthday yesterday and I met my mother for a celebratory lunch at The Wallace Collection. This stunning Georgian townhouse on Manchester Square has been on my must-go to list for the past decade and I finally got to experience the incredible opulence (think gob-smacking Louis XV chandeliers and stunning Sevres ceramics) and an utterly incredible collection of 18th century French art (there is currently a fantastic exhibition of Watteau's art, on until June 5). As a mummy myself, naturally I was drawn to the images of mothers and children. It was moving to see how children and babies have been depicted in paintings over the past few centuries and I was particular taken with Sir Joshua Reynold's 1763 portrait of Mrs Richard Hoare, Susanna, with her baby (above). If you haven't been, CLB can strongly recommend it. What's more there are a host of family activities including The Little Draw, a drop-in art workshop held in the galleries on the first Sunday of each month from 1.30-4.30pm. There will also be a whole host of activities during half term (from Mon 30th May-Fri 3rd June).
The Wallace Collection, Hertford House, Manchester Square, London W1U 3BN (020 7563 9500/www.wallacecollection.org) Bond St tube. Open 10am-5pm seven days a week. Admission free.