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In 1932 Samuel Courtauld established what is now the Samuel Courtauld Trust and endowed it with his great collection of Impressionist and Post-Impressionist art. The Trust’s collection has continued to grow and develop since then, principally through generous gifts and bequests. These have included magnificent gifts of complete collections as well as of numerous individual works of art: paintings, drawings, prints and decorative arts. Ranging from the medieval period to the present day, the collection now numbers some 32,000 works and is regarded as one of the finest in the United Kingdom. The Trust works in close partnership with the Courtauld Institute of Art.

It is the policy of the Courtauld Institute of Art and the Samuel Courtauld Trust that the ownership of all works acquired for the Courtauld Gallery should be vested in the Trust. The Samuel Courtauld Trust pursues the ongoing development of the collection, and it welcomes the possibility of gifts of works of art.

If you are considering donating a work of art to the Courtauld Gallery, we strongly encourage you to contact the staff of the Development department of the Courtauld Institute of Art to discuss your plans. They will treat discussions with the strictest confidence and will be able to put you in contact with relevant staff of the Courtauld Gallery.

In addition, there is an Acquisition Fund which has been set up to add to the Samuel Courtauld Trust’s collection of modern and contemporary works of art on paper. If you would like to donate to the Acquisition Fund, please contact the staff of the Development department of the Courtauld Institute of Art.