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 figures in garden

Pre-Raphaelite painting to Laing Art Gallery 

John Roddam Spencer-Stanhope's peaceful idyll of two women making music in a pastoral landscape is on view in the exhibition 'The Enchanted Garden' at the Laing Art Gallery. The exhibition looks at the way artists have taken inspiration directly from the gardens around them.

Self-portrait the Artist hesitating between the Arts of Music and Painting by Angelica Kauffman

Angelica Kauffman Self-portrait to Tate Britain 

Angelica Kauffman's remarkable Self-portrait of 1794 is on show at Tate Britain in a Spotlight display of the artist's work. Our painting is a major allegorical self-presentation by Kaufman and has been the focus of sustained scholarly and critical commentary in recent years.

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.

Portrait of Sir William Paston

Portrait of Sir William Paston to Norwich Castle Museum and Art Gallery 

Several works from our collections are on view at the Norwich Castle Museum and Art Gallery in an exhibition exploring the masterpiece known as 'The Paston Treasure'. The exhibition brings together treasures from the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries that appear in this enigmatic painting as well as a host of other objects that tell the rich story of collecting within the Paston family from the medieval period until the moment of the making of the painting.

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 

In November, 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.