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Courtauld Gallery

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Pierre-Auguste Renoir: La Loge (The Theatre Box), 1874

Pierre-Auguste Renoir (1841-1919); La Loge (The Theatre Box), 1874; Oil on canvas, 80 x 63.5 cm

© The Courtauld Gallery, London
The Courtauld Gallery is displayed in Somerset House in London; a stunning 18th century Neoclassical palace. The Courtauld Gallery's art collection covers the 14th century up to today. The Courtauld is best known for its Impressionist and Post-Impressionist paintings, including works by Monet, van Gogh, and Cezanne.

Pros

  • A host of major artists works can be seen in one gallery: van Gogh, Cezanne, Renoir, Monet, Gauguin, Botticelli, Rubens, Kandinsky, Matisse, and more.
  • You can take photos in the galleries, as long as you don't use a flash or a tripod.
  • Stunning building (Somerset House).

Cons

  • Not fully accessible as there are steps to the ground floor lift. Staff are available and willing to help though.

Visit Duration

2 hour
Paul Cezanne: Card Players

Paul Cézanne (1839-1906); Card Players, c.1892-5; Oil on canvas, 60 x 73 cm

© The Courtauld Gallery, London

Opening Hours

Daily 10am - 6pm (last admission 5.30pm)

Tickets

Check official website for latest ticket prices.
Free admission for under 18s, full-time UK students, staff of UK universities and registered unwaged, and Friends of The Courtauld Institute.

Admission charge includes entrance to all temporary exhibitions and displays.

Disabled Visitors can bring in a helper for free.

Free Mondays until 2pm
Admission is free on Mondays from 10am until 2pm (excluding public holidays).

Gallery Shop

The Courtauld Gallery shop is opposite the entrance to the gallery and you can visit for free. They have a very good selection of books and art-related merchandise, including plenty of children's books. They have over 800 different book titles in stock, covering a wide range of periods and styles as well as design and critical theory and can order books if required.

Open daily: 10am - 6pm.
Tel: 020 7848 2579

Gallery Cafe

The small basement cafe serves light meals and drinks and has an outdoor terrace for the summer. Not the friendliest staff but a nice setting.

Open daily 10am - 5.30pm.

Free Lunchtime Talks

There is a lively program of lunchtime gallery talks on Mondays and Fridays at 1.15pm - 1.30pm.
See Events for more details.

Contact Information

Address
The Courtauld Gallery
Somerset House
Strand
London
WC2R 0RN
See location map.

Nearest Tube Stations

  • Temple
  • Charing Cross
  • Embankment

Use Journey Planner to plan your route by public transport.

Telephone Number
24-hour gallery information: 020 7848 2526

Official Website:
www.courtauld.ac.uk/gallery

Nearby Attractions

Top Tip: Free Art Day Out

If art is your thing then visit the Courtauld Gallery for free on a Monday morning, then you can catch an 88 bus from just outside to Tate Britain. You could stop off on the way at Trafalgar Square to visit the National Gallery too. That's a lot of art for one day!

Courtauld Gallery Review

Walter Sickert: The Iron Bedstead, c. 1906 - Oil on canvas, 39.5 x 50 cm

Walter Sickert: The Iron Bedstead, c. 1906 - Oil on canvas, 39.5 x 50 cm

Image: © Estate of Walter R. Sickert/DACS 2007; Owner: Earl and Countess of Harewood

The Courtauld Gallery is a real find as it has so many big name artists' work. You spend your whole time there checking the painting captions and continually being amazed by the amount of world-renowned artists included. The collection tends to include lesser-known works by well-known artists.

Many have heard of The Courtauld Gallery's Impressionist and Post-Impressionist paintings, but the collection in fact reaches from the early Renaissance to Modernist works of the 20th century.

The gallery is at the heart of The Courtauld Institute of Art, a leading center for the study of art history and conservation.

The Courtauld Gallery is located at Somerset House, an 18th century palace on the banks of the River Thames, designed by William Chambers. Once the home of the Royal Academy of Art, the galleries are an elegant space in which to enjoy the outstanding collection. Do remember to look at the ceilings on the first floor as they are artworks too.

Compared to the National Gallery or Tate Britain the Courtauld Gallery is small but it is certainly worth its entrance fee for the sheer amount of artworks they have amassed. As well as paintings, the collection also includes drawings, prints, sculptures, and decorative arts.

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