Courtauld Gallery

Courtauld Gallery
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Courtauld Gallery , Somerset House, The Strand WC2R 0RN
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Opening times and price

Opening hours:
10 AM to 6 PM (Mon-Sun); Last entry 30 mins before closing
Ticket cost:
Adults £8.00; Children free entry (under-19)
Visiting hours and entry charges are subject to change
Time required:
A typical visit to Courtauld Gallery lasts 1-1½ hours (approx)

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The Courtauld Gallery is No.3 in our list of London’s best galleries.

The Courtauld Institute of Art was founded by Samuel Courtauld in 1931, as an adjunct to the University of London.

The idea was to provide the university with a collection equivalent to the famous museums of Oxford and Cambridge – the Ashmolean and Fitzwilliam.

Courtauld started the ball rolling by bequeathing his entire art collection to it upon his death, as did several other notaries – Robert Witt, William Spooner and Viscount Lee of Fareham.

Impressionist, and post-impressionist art

The Courtauld soon gained a notable reputation, and now houses one of Europe’s finest collections of impressionist and post-impressionist paintings with works by Cézanne, Seurat, Gauguin and Monet.

The stand-out pieces are Van Gogh’s Self-Portrait with a Bandaged Ear, Monet’s Autumn at Argenteuil, Manet’s Bar at the Folies-Bergère and Botticelli’s Trinity with John the Baptist and Mary Magdalene.

The gallery’s premises were augmented in 1991 when it moved from Portman Square to the refined surroundings of Somerset House.

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  • JP1964 – “Londoners are spoilt when it comes to art galleries. When the superb national gallery, tate britain and tate modern are free, you might wonder why you need to bother with this one, as the fee is quite steep for the size of the gallery. But if you love art, then you should definitely make the effort to go after you have seen the other ones I listed. For starters, somerset house is a beauty -- one of London's hidden treasures, and well worth a visit on its o… more”

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If you enjoy this then try: National Gallery (walk it in 12 mins or catch a train from Temple to National Gallery); Royal Academy of Arts (walk it in 20 mins or catch a train from Temple to Royal Academy of Arts); Somerset House (you can walk there in less than 1 min); Tate Britain (walk it in 30 mins or catch a train from Temple to Tate Britain) and Wallace Collection (catch the tube from Temple to Wallace Collection).

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