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

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.

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.

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.

View of the Rialto Bridge by Michiel Giovanni Marieschi

View of the Rialto Bridge to the United States 

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.

Forthcoming loans
The Holy Family with the Infant Saint John in a Landscape, circle of Raphael (Urbino 1483 – Rome 1520)

Holy Family to Charles I: The King's Pictures at Royal Academy 

Charles I was executed in 1649, and just months later his collection of paintings was put up for sale and dispersed across Europe. 'Charles I: The King's Pictures' will unite many of these for the first time since the 17th century, providing an unprecedented opportunity to experience the collection that changed the appreciation of art in England. Kingston Lacy's 'Holy Family' will join the exhibition along with works from Saltram and Ickworth.

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 will be shown at the Holburne Museum in Bath, Mauritshuis in The Hague and at Petworth House in West Sussex. Opens May 2018.

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)' at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in April 2018. The 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.