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

The Fort of Vellore in the Carnatic by Thomas Daniell

View of the Fort of Vellore to the Museo d'arte della Svizzera Italiana 

Thomas Daniell's painting of The Fort of Vellore in the Carnatic is on view in 'On the Paths of Illumination: The Myth of India in Western Culture'. This exhibition explores India as it figured in the minds of the Western world in the 19th century.

Dante Gabriel Rossetti's Bedroom at Tudor House

Watercolour of Rossetti's Bedroom to National Gallery 

This watercolour of Dante Gabriel Rossetti's bedroom, made using a convex mirror, is on display in 'Reflections: Jan Eyck and the Pre-Raphaelites'. This exhibition explores the relationship between van Eyck's 'Arnolfini Portrait' (1434) and the Pre-Raphaelite movement.

Portrait of Vincenzo II Gonzaga, 7th Duke of Mantua by Peter Paul Rubens

Rubens portrait to the Musée du Luxembourg, Paris 

Peter Paul Rubens's portrait of Vincenzo II Gonzaga, 7th Duke of Mantua is on show in 'Rubens: Royal Portraits'. The exhibition explores Rubens’s work as a court painter.

Miniature painting of Lord Herbert of Cherbury by Isaac Oliver / Powis Castle

Isaac Oliver miniature to National Museum of Wales 

In recognition of the recent acquisition of Isaac Oliver's portrait of Edward, Lord Herbert of Cherbury for Powis Castle, this exquisite Elizabethan miniature is on display at the National Museum of Wales, Cardiff. Here it can be viewed in the context of the national art collection of Wales and their miniature collection.

Venus descending from her Swan-drawn Chariot

Gandolfi painting to Dublin Castle 

Ubaldo Gandolfi's painting of Venus is on view in 'Making Majesty: Royals, Republicans and the Throne Room at Dublin Castle'. The exhibition explores the physical manifestation of power and authority as represented by the design, use and furnishing of the Throne Room.

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.

Jane 'Jeanie' Elizabeth Hughes, Mrs Nassau John Senior (1828-1877)

Portrait of Jeanie Hughes to Watts Gallery 

Our full-length portrait of Jane 'Jeanie' Elizabeth Hughes is on view in the exhibition 'GF Watts: England's Michelangelo'. This exhibition celebrates the bicentenary of George Frederick Watts' birth, exploring the variety of talents he showcased throughout his career, from depictions of social realism and spirituality, to forays into portraiture, of which our portrait is an exquisite example.

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.

Forthcoming loans
Sevres porcelain Powis Csatle

Sèvres porcelain to the Metropolitan Museum of Art 

A collection of Sèvres Porcelain cups and saucers will be on view in 'Visitors to Versailles (1682-1789)'. This exhibition will explore visits to Versailles from the late 17th century to the French Revolution, illustrating what visitors encountered at the court and what impressions, gifts, and souvenirs they took home with them.