The Ashmolean Museum

Oxford Colleges and Museums:

Loans in North America

Pieces from the vast collections of Oxford Colleges, Libraries and Museums are often loaned to museums around the world. Here are some pieces you can see in North America. Please note that some loans are subject to change without notice, and that our office attempts to keep this information as accurate and up-to-date as possible.


The Fabric of India (Victoria and Albert Museum Exhibition)

The Cincinnati Museum, Cincinnati, OH
12 October 2018 through 6 January 2019

The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art, Sarasota, FL
7 July through 13 October 2019

The Fabric of India is the first major exhibition to explore the rich and fascinating world of handmade textiles from India. The V&A has gathered together some of the finest and most fascinating textiles across the world to illustrate the processes, history, and politics associated with these incredible objects.

The journey from idea to exhibition is long, and often challenging, but also incredibly exciting. It requires the commitment and enthusiasm of many people: from curators, coordinators and conservators to designers and digital editors. The V&A blog, linked above, brings together stories from across the exhibition team to track the highs (and lows) of the exhibition research and making process. They will also be inviting team members and guest contributors to share their thoughts on what fascinates and inspires them about Indian textiles.

Two objects from the Ashmolean Museum will be on display in this exhibition. 


It’s Alive! Frankenstein at 200


The Morgan Library, New York
12 October 2018 through 27 January 2019

Amongst the several international exhibitions on Frankenstein planned for 2016 to 2018, the Morgan has chosen to celebrate the novel’s first publication in 1818, rather than its conception in 1816. It proposes to document Mary Shelley’s life, the book’s composition, and its later adaptations for performance on stage and screen. The Bodleian is lending four pairs of facing leaves from Mary Shelley’s disbound draft manuscript of Frankenstein, with corrections by P.B. Shelley, which will be the centrepiece of the literary portion of the exhibition.


Four objects from the Bodleian Library will be on display in this exhibition. 


J.R.R. Tolkien: Maker of Middle-earth

The Morgan Library, New York
25 January 2019 through 12 May 2019

The Bodleian Libraries houses the largest collection of original Tolkien manuscripts and drawings in the world, and the Tolkien Archive has been kept at the Bodleian since 1979. In the summer of 2018 the Bodleian Library will hold a major exhibition to explore the full breadth of the creative genius of J.R.R. Tolkien; artist, poet, medievalist, philologist, and creator of Middle-earth. Original Tolkien paintings, drawings, sketches, and notes will be on display. The majority of the items in this exhibition will then travel to the Morgan Library in New York for their exhibition which begins in January 2019.



Gainsborough's Family Album

Princeton University Art Museum, Princeton, NJ
23 February through 5 June 2019

Featuring over fifty works from public and private collections across the world, Gainsborough’s Family Album will provide a unique insight into the private life and motivations of Thomas Gainsborough (1727–88), one of Britain’s greatest artists. The exhibition includes a number of works that have never been on public display in the UK and will bring together for the first time all twelve surviving portraits of Thomas Gainsborough’s daughters.

Gainsborough’s Family Album charts Gainsborough’s career from youth to maturity, telling the story of an eighteenth-century provincial artist’s rise to metropolitan fame and fortune. The exhibition will both offer a new perspective on Gainsborough the portraitist and challenge our thinking about his era and its relationship to our own.

One object from the Ashmolean Museum will be on display in this exhibition. 

The North American Office team