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A Long Profile of The Courtauld Gallery in London



The Courtauld Gallery officially opened to the public in October 1932.

"The Courtauld Institute of Art is one of the world’s leading centres for the study of the history and conservation of art and architecture, and its Gallery houses one of Britain’s best-loved collections. Based at Somerset House, The Courtauld is an independent college of the University of London."


The Courtauld Gallery was established in the early 1930s by its founding fathers: Viscount Lee of Fareham, Samuel Courtauld, and Sir Robert Witt.

The Museum's collection began with Samuel Courtauld's generous donation of his prestigious art collection of French Impressionist and Post-Impressionist painting.


According to their website, the Museum's mission: "The Courtauld Institute of Art is a world-class centre of intellectual enquiry in the fields of the history and conservation of art and architecture."

"It fosters and advances the understanding, care and enjoyment of the visual arts through a distinctive combination of:

  • Advanced research
  • Specialist teaching
  • Professional training
  • Exceptional libraries and visual resources
  • An outstanding gallery
  • Diverse public programmes"


The Courtauld Institute of Art and the Courtauld Gallery are located at Somerset House, Strand, in London.

It is easily accessible by local transport, such as the tube and train:

  • Tube stations: Temple, Charing Cross, Embankment
  • Train stations: Charing Cross, Waterloo

Famed Artworks in Collection:

Even though the Courtauld Gallery is considered a small museum, its collection is internationally renowned as it contains "iconic Impressionist and Post-Impressionist masterpieces, as well as numerous other important paintings and works on paper from the Renaissance through to the 20th century."

The collection includes "530 paintings and over 26,000 drawings and prints."

Outstanding work includes Manet's A Bar at the Folies-Bergère, van Gogh’s Self-Portrait with Bandaged Ear, and Lucas Cranach Adam and Eve.

Museum's Conservation Department:

The Courtauld Gallery's conservation department is part of the Courtauld Institute of Art.

Art conservators use technical equipment such as raman spectroscopy, X-ray Fluorescence Spectrometer, and ultraviolet (UV) scanning to analyze an artwork.

Noteworthy Facts:

The Courtauld Institute of Art is internationally renowned for its art conservation training program. The program awards MA degrees in Painting Conservation (Wall Painting) and a Postgraduate Diploma in the Conservation of Easel Paintings.

Employment Information:

The Courtauld Gallery posts employment opportunities on its website. Positions may become available in the various museum departments such as administrative, archival, conservation, curatorial, library services, marketing and visitor services, so please check their listings regularly.

In addition, the Museum posts volunteer and internship positions.

How to Apply for a Job:

In order to be eligible for employment at the Museum, you must first be able to legally work in the UK. You can then apply online for any of the museum positions in which you qualify.

To learn more about successful online job application techniques, please go to Job Search at About.com.

Museum's Contact Info:

The Courtauld Gallery, Somerset House, Strand, London WC2R 0RN United Kingdom Tel:+44 (0) 20 7872 0220

The Courtauld Gallery's website

Email: galleryinfo@courtauld.ac.uk

Museum Hours:

  • Mondays 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
  • Tuesdays 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
  • Wednesdays 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
  • Thursdays 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
  • Fridays 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
  • Saturdays 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
  • Sundays 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
  • Closed Holidays

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