Important Work on Loan to Dutch Museum

One of the most famous paintings in East Ayrshire’s collections, ‘An Audience at Agrippa’s’, painted in 1875 by Sir Lawrence Alma-Tadema, is currently on loan to the Fries Museum in Leeuwarden, Netherlands.

Alma-Tadema was born in 1836 near Leeuwarden, and the exhibition ‘Alma-Tadema, Classical Charm’ has already been visited by over 30,000 people since opening on 1st October.

International loans between museums and galleries of this sort are important because they not only allow audiences across the world to see our collections and spread our name, but they also demonstrate the world-class reputation of many of the items in our museums. This particular work has already been to Naples, Italy in recent years, and will be seen in Austria and London as part of its current loan.


Alma-Tadema had a reputation for historical accuracy and detail which make his artwork hugely popular. This work was donated to the Dick Institute by Sir Alexander Walker (grandson of Johnnie Walker, and an art collector in his own right) in 1938.


Credit image -  Fries Museum, exhibition: Alma-Tadema. Classical Charm. Photography Ruben van Vliet.