Samuel Courtauld

Art is universal and eternal; it ties race to race, and epoch to epoch. It overlaps divisions and unites men in one all-embracing and disinterred and living pursuit.”

Textile manufacturer and pioneering collector Samuel Courtauld was one of three founding fathers of The Courtauld Institute of Art.

Courtauld, along with his fellow founders Sir Robert Witt and Viscount Lee of Fareham, believed in the importance of art for the whole of society. 

Samuel Courtauld was The Courtauld Institute of Art’s most generous benefactor. His gift of Impressionist and Post-Impressionist art  forms the core of the collection, and his house in Portman Square in London was The Courtauld's first home.

During the 1930s Courtauld gave a number of imporant works including Manet’s A Bar at the Folies-Bergère, Cezanne’s The Card Players, Degas’s Two Dancers on Stage, and Gauguin’s Nevermore.

The Courtauld in the 1930s

      Viscount Lee of Fareham

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