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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.




John Singer Sargent: Portraits in Charcoal



The Morgan Library & Museum, New York
4 October 2019 through 12 January 2020

This exhibition is the first presentation devoted exclusively to Sargent’s portraits in charcoal. The exhibition highlights the range and quality of Sargent’s work as a portraitist as well as features Sargent’s sitters, many of them famous celebrities. Most of the portraits were made after 1907, the year in which he abandoned painting portraits in oil, and therefore represent the continuation of his portrait career by other means and in a different medium. The Bodleian is lending two portraits: one of Kenneth Grahame and the other of Edward Silsbee, which is featured above.




Fiji: Art and Life in the Pacific




Los Angeles County Museum of Art
15 December 2019 through 19 July 2020

The first substantial project on the art of Fiji to be mounted in the United States, Fiji: Art and Life in the Pacificwill feature over 225 artworks drawn from major international collections. Four artifacts loaned from the Pitt Rivers Museum will be on display, including the figure shown above. The exhibition will include figurative sculpture, ritual kava bowls, breastplates of pearl shell and whale ivory, large-scale barkcloths, small portable temples, weapons, and European watercolors and paintings.  Additionally, the museum will feature historic photographs from LACMA’s Blackburn collection, as well as a newly commissioned 26’ double-hull sailing canoe (drua) constructed in Fiji using traditional materials and techniques.


The North American Office team