Courtauld Gallery

Courtauld Gallery Entrance

I’ve been to the Courtauld Gallery a number of times while I’ve been living in London, sometimes to attend special exhibitions, sometimes just to view the permanent collection. It is small compared to the likes of Tate Britain and the National Gallery, but that just makes it more manageable.

Courtauld staircase from below

The Gallery, located in the North Wing of Somerset House, was founded by Samuel Courtauld, and initially included mainly Impressionist and Post-Impressionist works. It now has a wide range of art including religious Renaissance paintings, Old Masters and twentieth-century art. There are around 7,000 drawings as well as prints, decorative arts and a sculpture collection.

Courtauld staircase from above

Although the gallery is best known for its 19th- and early 20th-century works, the Courtauld’s galleries extend back to the early Renaissance, featuring some 7,000 drawings as well as prints, decorative arts and a fine collection of sculpture.

FACTS

Address: Somerset House, Strand, London, WC2R 0RN

Website: courtauld.ac.uk/gallery

Opening Hours: 10am-6pm

Prices: £9.50; free admission with National Art Pass, and half price to temporary exhibitions

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