Courtauld Image Libraries – Closed
The Courtauld’s image libraries at Somerset House are currently closed. The Courtauld is exploring how we can provide access to these collections while maintaining the safety of our visitors, students and staff. We do not anticipate reopening until Autumn 2020. If the present guidelines remain in place when we reopen, users will only be able to view the collections by appointment. Users will not be able to browse the collections and will need to request the materials they wish to see in advance. We will share more information about our reopening plans through our web pages as soon as possible.
Library staff have no access to the image libraries at this time but will do our best to answer enquiries sent to email@example.com
The Courtauld’s photographic libraries are an internationally significant resource of over three million images covering Western painting, drawing and printmaking, world architecture, architectural drawings, sculpture, decorative arts and manuscripts.
The two main collections, known as the Witt and Conway libraries, are named after their founders, Sir Robert Witt and Martin Conway, 1st Baron Conway of Allington
Used as a reference and research resource for scholars and the commercial world for decades, our world-famous libraries have facilitated research into provenance and attribution as well as wider applications to art history and conservation – playing a significant role in the development of the history of art and architecture in the UK and beyond.