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

Rachel Russell

Petworth Dahls and other works to Tate Britain 

A number of works from our collections, including two portraits from Petworth House in West Sussex, are on show in 'British Baroque: Power and Illusion' at Tate Britain, the first ever exhibition to focus on British baroque visual culture. From the Restoration of Charles II in 1660 to the death of Queen Anne in 1714, the exhibition will explore the rich connections between art and power in this often-overlooked era.

Figure of Triton, a Wedgwood black basalt statue

Wedgwood sculptures to the Mint Museum, North Carolina 

Two Wedgwood sculptures of the figures of Triton and Neptune are on show in the exhibition 'Classic Black: The Basalt Sculpture of Wedgwood and His Contemporaries' at the Mint Museum in North Carolina. Featuring more than 100 ceramic objects, this exhibition is the first to focus exclusively on the black basalt sculpture made by Josiah Wedgwood and other Staffordshire potters in late eighteenth-century England.

Silver-gilt shield

Shield of Achilles to British Museum 

Three objects from our collections are on show in the exhibition 'Troy: myth and reality' at the British Museum, including Anglesey Abbey's magnificent Shield of Achilles, a masterpiece of Regency silver. The exhibition tells Troy’s legendary stories with a diverse range of objects including archaeological discoveries that suggest there may be a real Troy behind the myth.

Forthcoming loans
The Crack Shot by James Tissot

James Tissot to the Musée d'Orsay, Paris 

James Tissot's painting 'The Crack Shot' will be on show in the exhibition 'James Tissot, The ambiguous figure of modernity' at the Musée d'Orsay in Paris. The first major exhibition on the artist in three decades, it will examine Tissot's materials and painting techniques, as well as his desire to express himself in different media, such as prints, photography and cloisonné enamels. Opens 24 March 2020.