Following the success of our tenth summer school we are expanding short courses at the Institute. This year we will have five weeks of courses, one week in the Spring and four weeks in the Summer.

The dates for 2006 are:
3 – 7 April
10 July – 4 August

We will be offering a range of week-long courses on the history of art, taught in the Institute and in galleries and collections throughout London and beyond. New courses this year will include several on world art.

An innovative evening course on aspects of the history of art is also planned for 2006.

Study trips in 2005 have been increasingly popular and we look forward to another year of long weekends abroad. Trips will include excursions to Venice, Istanbul, Prague, Vienna, Oxfordshire country houses, Florentine gardens, and we also hope to travel to St Petersburg. Details will be posted on the Courtauld website and updated throughout the year.

For further information please email or call +44 (0)20 7848 2678.

Dr Cecily Hennessy

Henri Rousseau: Jungles in Paris
Tate Modern, Bankside, London SE1
Thursday 24 November, 2.30 – 4pm.
Tickets: Friends £10, Non-Friends £12

A unique opportunity to attend an introductory talk by Courtauld Professor Chris Green, co-Curator of this exhibition of Rousseau’s jungle paintings. The images of hothouse plantations with exotic creatures will ‘amaze, dazzle, delight and puzzle’ according to Frances Morris, co-Curator. After the 20 min talk we will visit the exhibition.

Gainsborough to Turner: British Watercolours from the Spooner Collection
The Hermitage Rooms, Somerset House, London WC2
Wednesday 7 December, 11am – 12 noon
Tickets: Friends £5, Non-Friends £7.50

Thomas Rowlandson, Wooded Landscape with Artist Sketching

This exhibition spans the ‘golden age’ of watercolour painting from around 1750 to 1850 and is exhibited for the first time in over 30 years. Dr Joanna Selborne, Curator of Prints and Drawings at the Courtauld and of this exhibition, will give us a guided tour.

For information and booking please contact Pia Rainey on 020 7848 1448 or email:

Friends on the Move

We are delighted that the Friends administration has now moved from Somerset House South Block back into the Courtauld Institute. The Friends are part of the Development Office which is now located on the Ground Floor of the old Conway Library. If you have a query about the Friends do telephone Pia Rainey directly. If you would prefer to come in person, simply telephone to confirm a convenient time. Otherwise you can continue to join and renew at the Gallery reception or by post.

New Events

Our events continue to be very successful and enable Friends, alumni and their guests to visit parts of the Courtauld Institute or hidden London gems not normally open to the public. Summer and early autumn events have included an opportunity to see treasures of the Conway Library with Dr Lindy Grant, a visit to Dennis Severs’ house in Spitalfields, and a private view of Princely Splendour: The Dresden Court in the Gilbert Collection.

The benefits of joining the Friends

If you wish to join the Friends of the Courtauld, receive the full programme of events and benefit from free entry to the Gallery, priority event booking and the special Friends ticket prices, please contact Pia Rainey.

Friends of the Courtauld Institute, Courtauld Institute of Art, Somerset House, Strand, London WC2R 0RN. Tel. 020 7848 1448, e-mail: