Viscount Lee of Fareham (1868-1947) in 1921, © The Samuel Courtauld Trust, The Courtauld Gallery, London

By the outbreak of the Second World War in 1939 there were 84 paintings in The Courtauld’s collection, in addition to drawings and sculpture. 

The collection was evacuated from London and the country house of Courtauld Founder Viscount Lee of Fareham, was used as temporary storage.

The paintings were later evacuated to caves in the Welsh countryside, alongside those of the National Gallery.

Viscount Lee passed away in 1947 and left his collection for the benefit of The Courtauld Institute of Art. This was particularly strong in Old Masters and included Rubens’s Descent from the Cross and Cranach's Adam and Eve.

The Courtauld Collection

      Anthony Blunt

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