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 recent loans.

Recent 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, were 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 explored 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 went 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 was 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 went 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 told Troy’s legendary stories with a diverse range of objects including archaeological discoveries that suggest there may be a real Troy behind the myth.