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

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

Portrait of Lady Arabella Stuart to Compton Verney 

Hardwick Hall's portrait of Lady Arabella Stuart as a young child is 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.

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

Views of the British landscape to MK Gallery  

Two of our pictures are on show in 'The Lie of the Land', the inaugural exhibition at the new MK Gallery. This exhibition charts how British landscape has been transformed over the years and asks 'how did we get from Capability Brown's quintessential, picturesque landscape to the radical modernist grid of Milton Keynes?'

Still Life with Pears on a Plate

Harold Gilman Still Life to Pallant Gallery 

Harold Gilman's Still Life with Pears on a Plate is on show in the exhibition 'Beyond Camden Town: The Late Works of Harold Gilman' at the Pallant Gallery in Chichester. 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.

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 on display in 'Elizabethan Treasures: Miniatures by Hilliard and Oliver' at the National Portrait Gallery. This exhibition explores what these intimate images reveal about identity, society and visual culture in the late sixteenth and early seventeenth centuries.

Madonna and Child

Madonna and Child to Brussels 

Polesden Lacey's Madonna and Child is on display in the exhibition 'Bernard van Orley: Brussels and the Renaissance' at the Centre for Fine Arts in Belgium. The is the first major monographic exhibition devoted to this 16th-century artist and important figure of the Northern Renaissance.

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.

Forthcoming loans
A face screen with collage

Victorian face screens to Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art 

This summer, a pair of Victorian face screens collaged with contemporary photographs from the collection at Coughton Court will join the exhibition 'Cut and Paste: 400 Years of Collage' at the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, the first survey exhibition of collage ever to take place in Britain. Collage is often described as a 20th-century invention, but this show spans a period of more than 400 years and includes more than 250 works.