An art guide to London during the holiday season
The Wallace Collection (Marylebone, W1U)
A spectacular private collection developed mainly by Richard Seymour-Conway, 4th Marquess of Hertford, and housed in the family's townhouse in Manchester Square. In addition to a large range of fine and decorative arts from the 15th to the 19th centuries, it holds a world-famous collection of 18th century art, which includes Jean-Honoré Fragonard's The Swing, a portrait of Madame de Pompadour by François Boucher and paintings by Sir Joshua Reynolds and Thomas Gainsborough.
Portrait of the Artist, Queen's Gallery, Buckingham Palace (Westminster, SW1A)
Closes 17th April
Showing over 300 objects from the 15th to the 21st century, this exhibition highlights the Royal Collection's images of artists. It includes self-portraits by Rembrandt, Rubens, Artemisia Gentileschi, Lucian Freud and David Hockney as well as portraits of artists by their friends and pupils, including the most reliable surviving likeness of Leonardo da Vinci by his student Francesco Melzi.
William Morris Gallery (Walthamstow, E17)
Set in a stunning Georgian house that was once Morris's family home, this is the only public gallery devoted to the designer, writer and socialist William Morris. It holds a broad collection relating to all aspects of Morris's life and work, from original wallpapers and textiles to books from his personal library. The exhibition A World to Win: Posters of Protest and Revolution is on until 15th January. View our own exhibition of political, literary and humanist prints by Paul Peter Piech here (closes 17th December).
Zaha Hadid: Early paintings and drawings, Serpentine Gallery (Kensington Gardens, W2)
Closes 12th February
Showing the rarely seen paintings and drawings of the ground-breaking architect Zaha Hadid, this exhibition takes place in the Serpentine Sackler Gallery, which was designed by Zaha Hadid Architects in 2013. The gallery is located in Kensington Gardens, which are well worth a visit in themselves.
Robert Rauschenberg, Tate Modern (Bankside, SE1)
Closes 2nd April
The first major retrospective since the artist's death in 2008, this critically acclaimed exhibition explores six decades of his remarkable career, from his early response to abstract expressionism to his final works that layered images and colour. December visitors can also explore the Christmas market at Tate Modern, which is open until 24th December.
The Courtauld Gallery (Somerset House, WC2R)
As well as their exhibition Rodin and Dance: The Essence of Movement (closes 22nd January), visitors can see a renowned collection of art from the Renaissance to the 20th century. The Courtauld are noted for their collection of Impressionist and Post-Impressionist paintings, which includes Édouard Manet's a A Bar at the Folies-Bergère and Vincent Van Gogh's Self-portrait with bandaged ear.
Frieze Sculpture Park (Regent's Park, NW1)
Historically only shown during the duration of the fair, the sculpture park is now open until 8th January. Selected by Clare Lilley (Yorkshire Sculpture Park), it will feature 19 major artists, including Lynn Chadwick, Jean Dubuffet, Conrad Shawcross and Ed Herring. A dedicated app is available from Art Fund, providing detailed information on each sculpture and an audio guide by Clare Lilley.
Am I Rembrandt?, Dulwich Picture Gallery (Dulwich, SE21)
Closes 5th March
This display highlights Rembrandt's 1635 Self-Portrait, Wearing a Feathered Bonnet and explores how curators and conservators worked together to authenticate the painting. It uses the loan as a starting point to examine the authorship of other works by Rembrandt in the gallery's collection.