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The National Gallery Masterpiece Tour

The Masterpiece Tour is part of the National Gallery’s commitment to promote the understanding, knowledge, and appreciation of Old Master paintings to as wide an audience as possible. This opportunity to bring three hugely popular works to the public’s doorstep is being made possible by the generous support of Christie’s.

The three masterpieces that formed the Masterpiece Tour 2018–2020 are:


Hans Holbein the Younger’s 'A Lady with a Squirrel and a Starling', a much-loved work from the National Gallery Collection, toured the UK in 2018–19 as part of the Masterpiece Tour. It travelled to the following venues:

The New Art Gallery Walsall (12 January – 22 April 2018)
Shetland Museum & Archives (4 May – 15 July 2018)
Brighton Museum & Art Gallery (13 October 2018 – 6 January 2019)


Nicolas Poussin’s 'The Triumph of Pan’, one the French master’s most intricate compositions, toured the UK in 2019–20 as part of the Masterpiece Tour. It travelled to the following venues:

Victoria Art Gallery, Bath (11 April – 7 July 2019)

York Art Gallery (12 July – 22 September 2019)

Auckland Castle (5 October 2019 – 5 January 2020)


Hilaire-Germain-Edgar Degas’s 'Hélène Rouart in her Father's Study', will travel to the following venues.

Kirkby Gallery (27 April – 11 July 2020)
Glan-yr-afon/The Riverside (17 July – 3 October 2020)
Gallery Oldham (9 October 2020 – 2 January 2021)

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The National Gallery Masterpiece Tour 2021–23

The deadline for submissions was 4 March 2021. Thank you to all those who applied. The next painting to tour is Jean-Siméon Chardin's, The House of Cards, about 1740–1.

The picture has been chosen for first year of the Gallery’s three-year Masterpiece partnership with Oriel Davies Gallery (Newtown, Powys, Wales), the Beacon Museum (Whitehaven, Cumbria) and Carmarthenshire Museum (Abergwili, Carmarthen).

For the first time in the Masterpiece Tour’s history, the partner venues have been selected for a three-year period and the paintings for 2022 and 2023 will be chosen jointly by the partners and the National Gallery.

The National Gallery Masterpiece Tour 2021–23 offers three non-London museums, galleries or art centres the opportunity to partner with the National Gallery for three years and to display one different major work from our collection each year.