NPG - Register of Long Term Loans

Scope and Content

The Register of Long Term Loans records the following information: NPG register number (prefixed with L); sitter name; artist name; medium; size; date loaned to the Gallery; provenance; returned to owner/acquired by the Gallery (as appropriate).

Administrative / Biographical History

The Gallery has administered a series of long term loans since the 1870s. Long term loans are portraits deposited at the Gallery from external collections - both public and private - usually for a period of longer than 6 months. Such portraits are generally, at least initially, on display to the public. They may remain at the Gallery for a relatively short period, or for many years. Whilst at the Gallery they assume a registry number prefixed with an 'L'. Many long term loans are eventually acquired by the Gallery. Some return to their owners.

The Register of Long Term Loans was begun in 1959. The first 103 entries were compiled retrospectively and record portraits on long term loan to the Gallery during the period 1878 to 1958. All entries from 1959 onwards were compiled at the time. The Register also records the return of portraits to owners or their acquisition by the Gallery.

Access Information

Available to view by appointment in the Heinz Archive and Library Public Study Room, to make an appointment contact Archive Reception . Although records are generally available for public consultation, some information in them, such as personal data or information supplied to the Gallery in confidence, may be restricted.

Other Finding Aids

The complete catalogue for this archive can be searched via the NPG Archive Catalogue .

Conditions Governing Use

Personal photography is permitted for research purposes only. Photocopying is not permitted.