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Immunity from seizure

The National Gallery is able to provide immunity from seizure under part 6 of the Tribunals, Courts and Enforcement Act 2007. This Act provides protection from seizure for cultural objects from abroad on loan to temporary exhibitions in approved museums and galleries in the UK.

The conditions are:

  • The object is usually kept outside the UK
  • It is not owned by a person resident in the UK
  • Its import does not contravene any import regulations
  • It is brought to the UK for public display in a temporary exhibition at a museum or gallery
  • The borrowing museum or gallery is approved under the Act
  • The borrowing museum has published information about the object


Current reports are listed below when published.

Provenance information has been published, requesting immunity from seizure for objects in the following exhibitions:

Frans Hals loan to the Gallery [PDF – opens in a new tab]

Discover Liotard & The Lavergne Family Breakfast [PDF – opens in a new tab]

Pesellino: A Renaissance Master Revealed [PDF – opens in a new tab]

The Last Caravaggio [PDF – opens in a new tab]

Discover Degas & Miss La La [PDF – opens in a new tab]

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