Loans to exhibitions

We are generous lenders to external exhibitions. We lend paintings, prints, drawings, sculpture, ceramics and furniture that are viewed by millions of visitors around the world. Here are some of our current and forthcoming loans.

Current loans

View up the Tiber from the Strada

Van Wittel cityscape to the Netherlands 

This Roman cityscape by Gaspar van Wittel is on show in 'Maestro van Wittel - Dutch master of the Italian cityscape'. Van Wittel, also known as Gaspare Vanvitelli, became famous and revered in his adopted homeland of Italy but remained largely unknown in his country of birth, the Netherlands. This exhibition seeks to change that.

Triptych painting in gold frame by Bosch showing the birth of Christ in stable

Bosch's Adorations to the Netherlands 

Two of our pictures attributed to the artist Hieronymus Bosch are on display at the Het Noordbrabants Museum in 'From Bosch's stable: Hieronymus Bosch and the Adoration of the Magi'. This exhibition brings together works by this master painter back to the city where he was born.

Painting by Murillo

Murillo painting to Seville 

Bartolomé Esteban Murillo's painting of An Urchin mocking an Old Woman eating Migas is on show in a major exhibition marking the 400th centenary of the artist at the Museo del Bellas Artes in Seville. 'Murillo IV centenario' brings together more than 50 works of this important Baroque artist in his native city.

Still Life with Pears on a Plate

Harold Gilman Still Life to Djanogly Gallery 

Harold Gilman's Still Life with Pears on a Plate joins the exhibition 'Beyond Camden Town: The Late Works of Harold Gilman'. This is the first significant exhibition of Gilman’s work since 1982 and seeks to reveal the innovation and pictorial power of an artist who died prematurely at the height of his artistic powers.

Painting of the North front of the Vyne

View of The Vyne to Strawberry Hill  

Johann Heinrich Müntz's painting of The Vyne is on show in 'Lost Treasures of Strawberry Hill' which brings together some of the most important masterpieces of Horace Walpole’s now dispersed 18th-century collection. For the first time in over 170 years, Strawberry Hill can be seen as Walpole conceived it, with the collection in the interiors as he designed it, shown in their original positions.

Extract from Virginia Woolf's manuscript of Orlando

Orlando manuscript to the Barbican Centre 

A group of objects related to Virginia Woolf and Vita Sackville-West are on display at the exhibition 'Modern Couples: Art, Intimacy and the Avant-Garde' at the Barbican Centre in London. Central to the show is our manuscript of Woolf's 'Orlando' (1928), a landmark, emblematic text in lesbian/queer literature as well as a celebration of her relationship with Vita Sackville-West who inspired the androgynous protagonist.

Sir John Maitland, 1st Baron Maitland of Thirlestane (1543-1595), aged 44

Maitland portrait to Scottish National Portrait Gallery 

Our portrait of Sir John Maitland, 1st Baron Maitland of Thirlestane by Adrian Vanson is on display in 'Art and Analysis: Two Netherlandish painters working in Jacobean Scotland' at the Scottish National Portrait Gallery. This display focuses on portraitists Adrian Vanson and Adam de Colone and will feature the exciting discovery of a painting of a woman believed to be Mary, Queen of Scots, hidden beneath our picture.

Forthcoming loans
Isaac Oliver miniature of Lord Herbert of Cherbury

Elizabethan miniatures to the National Portrait Gallery 

Two of our Elizabethan miniatures, including our recently acquired portrait of Lord Herbert of Cherbury by Isaac Oliver, are going on display in 'Elizabethan Treasures: Miniatures by Hilliard and Oliver' at the National Portrait Gallery. This exhibition will explore what these intimate images reveal about identity, society and visual culture in the late sixteenth and early seventeenth centuries.

Bowater Vernon (1683-1735) with Hanbury Hall and its Formal Garden

Views of the British landscape to MK Gallery  

Two of our pictures will be on show in 'The Lie of the Land', the inaugural exhibition at the new MK Gallery. This exhibition will chart how British landscape has been transformed over the years.

Madonna and Child

Madonna and Child to Brussels 

Polesden Lacey's Madonna and Child will be on display in 'Bernard van Orley: Brussels and the Renaissance', the first major monographic exhibition devoted to this 16th-century artist and important figure of the Northern Renaissance.

Lady Arabella Stuart, later Duchess of Somerset, aged 23 months

Portrait of Lady Arabella Stuart to Compton Verney 

This portrait of Lady Arabella Stuart as a young child will be on show in 'Painting Childhood: From Holbein to Freud' at Compton Verney. This exhibition brings together some of the most iconic paintings, sketches and sculptures of children produced in the past 500 years.