“My father very much impressed upon me that for people in my position, lucky enough and privileged to have a great collection like this, it is beholden on us to share it with everybody.”
Thomas Coke, 8th Earl of Leicester
The Earl of Leicester is passionate about ensuring Holkham’s incredible collection of art and antiquities is enjoyed by as many people as possible. Every year, roughly 45,000 visitors come to Holkham to see the collection in situ. In addition to this, many works are loaned to other institutions, both internationally and within the UK, ensuring that the Holkham collection can be appreciated by an even wider audience.
Last year, the works loaned to other institutions included:
- Vincenzo Tamagni (1492-1516), A Venetian Lady with a Youth, to the Castel Sant’Angelo, Rome for an exhibition entitled The ‘Two Friends’ by Giorgione and the Seasons of Feeling in the Italian Art of the Sixteenth Century.
- Bastiano da Sangallo, The Battle of Cascina, Hiroshima Prefectural Art Museum and other venues in Japan for the exhibition Leonardo da Vinci and the Battle of Anghiari. Sandwiched between the exhibition in Japan, the Sangallo, The Battle of Cascina, also travelled to the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York for an exhibition entitled Michelangelo: Divine Draftsman and Designed.
- An Old Master Drawing, executed by a follower of the Amiens Master and entitled The Trial of Moses, travelled to the Louvre, Paris, for the exhibition Francois 1er et l’Art des Pays-Bas.
- John Piper, Holkham Norfolk (1939), Tate Liverpool and Mead Gallery, Warwick, as part of a major exhibition exploring the work of British artist John Piper (1903-1992).
- Ovid, Opera; Petrus Berchorius, Ovidius Moralizatus; Ausonius, Epigramma, MS 324, a manuscript dating to the late 15th Century. This work was loaned to the Groeningemuseum, Bruges for the exhibition Haute Lecture by Colard Mansion; Innovation of Text and Image in Medieval Bruges.
All the above exhibitions have now concluded. New loans will start in October and include:
- MS 324, following a successful exhibition in Bruges this year, will travel to the Scuderie del Quirinale, Rome 16th October – 27th January 2019 for the exhibition Ovidio. Amori e Metamorfosi.
- The Repton Red Book for Holkham, to the Garden Museum, London, Repton Revived, 16th October 2018 to 24th February 2019.
- After Godfrey Kneller, Portrait of Lady Anne Osborne, to Strawberry Hill, Lost Treasures of Strawberry Hill, 18th October 2018 – 24th February 2019.
- Thomas Gainsborough, Self Portrait, to the National Portrait Gallery, London, Gainsborough’s Family Album, 22nd November 2018 – 3rd February 2019.
- Canaletto, The Molo on Ascension Day, and two works on copper (View of the Rialto Bridge and View of the Grand Canal, Venice) to the Palazzo Ducale, Canaletto, Tiepolo e l’arte del Settecento Veneziano, Venice, 23rd February 2019 – 9th June 2019.
- Virgil, Georgics (MS 311), and Anon., Noble Cookery (MS 674), to the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge, 24th September 2019 – 19th April 2020, for an exhibition on food.