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

Painting of Nancy Astor by John Singer Sargent

Sargent portrait to Stockholm 

John Singer Sargent's portrait of Nancy Astor, the first woman to sit in the Commons, is on show at the Nationalmuseum in Stockholm. This is the first exhibition of Sargent in Scandinavia and is the inaugural exhibition after a major restoration of the museum's main building.

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.

Painting by Pieter Bruegel the elder

Bruegel's Dormition of the Virgin to Vienna 

Our painting, The Dormition of the Virgin, is on show at the Kunsthistorisches Museum in Vienna in an exhibition commemorating the 450th anniversary of the death of Pieter Bruegel the elder, the greatest Netherlandish painter of the 16th century. This is the first major monograph exhibition of his work.

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.

The Duet ('Le corset bleu') by Gabriel Metsu

Prized Possessions: Dutch Paintings from National Trust Houses 

Celebrating the enduring British taste for collecting Dutch paintings from the long 17th century, this first-ever exhibition of Golden Age Dutch pictures from the collections of the National Trust is on show at the Holburne Museum in Bath before travelling to the Mauritshuis in The Hague and at Petworth House in West Sussex.

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
Still Life with Pears on a Plate

Harold Gilman Still Life to Djanogly Gallery 

Harold Gilman's Still Life with Pears on a Plate will join the exhibition 'Beyond Camden Town: The Late Works of Harold Gilman'. This is the first significant exhibition of Gilman’s work since 1982 and will seek to reveal the innovation and pictorial power of an artist who died prematurely at the height of his artistic powers. Opens 17 November.

Painting by Murillo

Murillo painting to Seville 

Bartolomé Esteban Murillo's painting of An Urchin mocking an Old Woman eating Migas will be 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. Opens 29 November.