The Courtauld Gallery

The Courtauld Gallery is located in Somerset House, on the Strand, in London, England. Once the home of the Royal Academy of Arts, its rooms were purpose-built in the 18th century for the viewing of art. Now the museum exhibits masterpieces from the early Renaissance period through the 20th century, with particularly impressive holdings in French Impressionist paintings. The art on display is primarily derived from the private collection of one man, successful English industrialist and philanthropist, Samuel Courtauld, who, along with his wife Elizabeth, shared an avid and lifelong interest in art. Courtauld founded the Institute in 1932 as a public art gallery that could also function as a forum for academic research and teaching.