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

Sevres porcelain Powis Csatle

Sèvres porcelain to the Metropolitan Museum of Art 

A collection of Sèvres Porcelain cups and saucers is on view in 'Visitors to Versailles (1682-1789)' at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. The exhibition explores 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.

Portrait of Sir William Paston

Portrait of Sir William Paston to Yale Center for British Art 

Several works from our collections are on view at the Yale Center for British Art in an 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.

The Nostell Priory Commode table, workshop of Thomas Chippendale

Chippendale furniture to Leeds City Museum 

Five important pieces of furniture from the collection at Nostell Priory are on view in an exhibition at Leeds City Museum celebrating the life, legacy, craftsmanship and design of Thomas Chippendale (1718-1779). The exhibition presents original drawings and documents and many examples of Chippendale's peerless furniture, some of which will be on public display for the first time.

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.

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.

Forthcoming loans
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.