Courtauld Gallery

Courtauld Gallery
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Address:
Courtauld Gallery, Somerset House, The Strand WC2R 0RN
Tel:
0203 947 7777
Web:
courtauld.ac.uk

Opening times and price

Opening hours:
Closed for renovations. The gallery is not expected to re-open until late 2020
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)

Getting to Courtauld Gallery

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6, 9, 11, 13, 15, 23, 77A, 91, 176
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The nearest train station to Courtauld Gallery is Temple
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Craig’s London blog> Read Craig’s review of the Courtauld Gallery  Check out my London blog for a full review, with more photos

Good for kids? Value for money? Worth a visit?

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

Important note: The Courtauld Gallery is currently closed for renovations. It is not expected to re-open again until late 2020.

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 own -- and the works on display are largely on a par with the ones in the national. And the galleries are not as crowded with tourists, probably put off by the entrance fee, allowing you to gaze on the pictures in peace.”

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If you enjoy this then try: National Gallery (walk it in 12 mins or catch a train from Temple to Charing Cross); Royal Academy of Arts (walk it in 20 mins or catch a train from Temple to Piccadilly Circus); 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 Pimlico) and Wallace Collection (catch the tube from Temple to Bond Street).

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