Loans to exhibitions

We are generous lenders to external exhibitions. In 2016 we lent paintings, prints, drawings, sculpture and furniture that were viewed by nearly four million visitors around the world. Here are some of our current and forthcoming loans.

Current loans

View of the Rialto Bridge by Michiel Giovanni Marieschi

View of the Rialto Bridge to the Getty Center 

This painting of Venice depicting the festive entry of the Patriarch Antonio by Marieschi is on loan to the exhibition 'Eyewitness Views: Making History in Eighteenth-Century Europe' organised by the Getty Center in Los Angeles. This exhibition is the first to focus on views of historic events and ceremonies in European cities. The painting travels with the exhibition to Minneapolis and Cleveland before returning to Osterley in May 2018.

Portrait of Elizabeth Hardwick (‘Bess of Hardwick’), Countess of Shrewsbury

Portrait of Bess of Hardwick to Chatsworth 

This portrait of Bess of Hardwick as a beautiful young woman in her prime is on display in 'House Style: Five Centuries of Fashion at Chatsworth' curated by Hamish Bowles, American Vogue's international Editor-at-Large. This exhibition brings to life the fascinating individuals from the Cavendish family, including Bess of Hardwick, one of the most powerful women of 16th-century England.

The Judgement of Solomon by Sebastiano del Piombo

Sebastiano to the National Gallery, London 

Our magnificent 'Judgement of Solomon' by Sebastiano del Piombo is on view in 'Michelangelo and Sebastiano: A Meeting of Minds' at the National Gallery. This exhibition explores the extraordinary artistic relationship between the two great Renaissance masters from the 1510s through to the 1540s.

Oil on canvas, King Charles II after Peter Lely / Penrhyn Castle

Portrait of Charles II to National Maritime Museum 

In celebration of the 400th anniversary of the Queen's House, Greenwich, and coinciding with its recent refurbishment, our portrait of Charles II by Sir Peter Lely is on loan to an exhibition exploring the creation of this important building, its history and its significance today. It will return to Penrhyn Castle in October of 2017.

Pencil study of Beatrix Potter's pet rabbit

Beatrix Potter works to Japan 

To mark the 150th anniversary of the birth of Beatrix Potter, we are participating in an unprecedented loan of material relating to Peter Rabbit to a major exhibition in Japan. Much of this material has never left the United Kingdom, including the 44 original black ink drawings that Beatrix Potter created for the first privately printed edition of The Tale of Peter Rabbit. The collection of drawings, letters, toys and other Peter Rabbit memorabilia will travel to seven different venues in Japan before returning in the autumn of 2017.

A Peasant Family by the 3 Le Nain brothers / Petworth House

Le Nain Brothers painting to major touring exhibition 

This depiction of a peasant family was painted by three brothers: Antoine, Louis and Mathieu Le Nain. It is on display in 'The Brothers Le Nain: Painters of 17th-century France' at the Kimbell Art Museum, Texas before travelling to the Fine Arts Museum of San Francisco and the Musée du Louvre-Lens. It will return to its home at Petworth in the summer of 2017.

Sack back dress from the Snowshill Wade Costume Collection

18th-century dress to Fashion Museum Bath 

This 18th-century French sack back dress, from the Snowshill Wade Costume Collection, is on loan to 'A History of Fashion in 100 Objects' at the Fashion Museum Bath. The exhibition showcases 100 objects from the 1500s to the present day.

Forthcoming loans
Rudyard Kipling's Bookplate / Bateman's

Lockwood Kipling to the Bard Graduate Center 

The exhibition 'Lockwood Kipling: Arts and Crafts in the Punjab and London' explores the life, work and lasting impact of John Lockwood Kipling (1837 – 1911), an artist, writer, museum director, teacher, conservationist and influential figure in the Arts and Crafts movement. Over 50 objects from three of our properties form part of this important exhibition which originated at the Victoria & Albert Museum.