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Harewood has enjoyed a very special relationship with contemporary artists throughout its history.

JMW Turner came to Harewood as a young artist aged just 22 and left a legacy of majestic watercolours which remain in the collection today.

Other well-known artists historically associated with the House include watercolourists Thomas Girtin, John Varley and John Piper, and photographer Roger Fenton.

Today Harewood is home to an astounding collection of paintings by masters of the Italian Renaissance, family portraits by Reynolds, Hoppner and Lawrence, and modern art collected by the Earl and Countess.

Donation of Objects to Harewood House Trust

We are grateful to everyone who considers gifting an object to Harewood. We welcome gifts in good condition with known provenance, that strengthen our collection through a variety of ways:

  • historical significance to Harewood or a Lascelles family provenance
  • direct relevance to the collection
  • contemporary responses to the collection, architecture of Harewood or the surrounding landscape.

How to donate objects:
Please read our current collecting policy, particularly Themes and Priorities for Future Collecting on page 5, to see if your intended gift fits our collecting criteria. You can read about this here:


If your gift fits current criteria, please click on the link below to see what to do next:

HHT-Gift Acceptance Procedure_

Please note that any donations to Harewood House Trust require a transfer of ownership from you to the Trust. Unfortunately, we are not able to ensure that your donation will go on display or accept all donations.

Thank you for considering a gift to Harewood.

Did you know?

Past Exhibitions

The Seven Eggs: works by Clare Woods

6 July – 3 November 2013

Allegories of Power

14 July – 4 December 2012

Finding Adam

5 April – 11 June 2011

Explore the exhibition archive