In 1888, Hirschsprung was persuaded to have his collection of art exhibited in Charlottenborg. The exhibition catalogue included 313 items, about 150 of which were paintings. Some 60 Danish artists were represented. In addition to these, the collection included drawings, watercolours, pastels and sculptures.
The first thoughts on having the collection exhibited is found in Hirschsprung's letters from 1885, and the background was the desire to promote Danish art to the many visitors expected to flock to Copenhagen in connection with the Nordic Exhibition of Industry, Agriculture and Art in 1888.
The front cover for Hirschsprung's Charlottenborg exhibition in 1888 was designed by Frants Henningsen.