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

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.

 Euphemia 'Effie' Chalmers Gray, Mrs John Ruskin

Pre-Raphaelite works to National Portrait Gallery 

Six works from our collections are on show in 'Pre-Raphaelite Sisters' at the National Portrait Gallery, including works of art by Marie Euphrosyne Spartali Stillman, Elizabeth 'Lizzie' Eleanor Siddal, Dante Gabriel Rossetti and Sir John Everett Millais. 170 years after the first pictures were exhibited by the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood in 1849, 'Pre-Raphaelite Sisters' explores the overlooked contribution of twelve women to this iconic artistic movement.

The Four Times of Day: Morning, by William Hogarth

Paintings by Hogarth to the Soane's Museum 

Two paintings by William Hogarth from Upton House, Warwickshire are on show in 'Hogarth: Place and Progress' at Sir John Soane's Museum. The exhibition unites all of Hogarth’s series, including some 56 paintings and engravings.

Jennie Jerome, Lady Spencer-Churchill

Sargent drawings to the Morgan Library & Museum 

Two of our charcoal portraits from Chartwell, Kent are on display in the exhibition 'John Singer Sargent: Portraits in Charcoal' at the Morgan Library & Museum in New York. Although Sargent is best known for his paintings, from 1907 he focused primarily on drawings to satisfy the many portrait commissions he received.

William Blake, A Vision of the Last Judgment, 1808

Works on paper by William Blake to Tate Britain 

Four of our works by William Blake, including this 1808 watercolour from Petworth, West Sussex, are on display at Tate Britain in the largest exhibition of Blake's work for almost 20 years. With over 300 original works, including his watercolours, paintings and prints, this exhibition positions Blake as a visual artist for the 21st century.

Forthcoming 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, will be 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. Opens 5 February 2020.