Over three quarters of a century ago, Samuel Courtauld, Robert Witt and Viscount Lee of Fareham came together to bequeath the collections that were the founding of The Courtauld. Other important bequests were to follow. The Courtauld’s original benefactors established a centre for excellence for teaching, learning and research in the history of art, resourced by some of the finest private art and library collections in the world.

Few, if any of us, possess a private art and library collection to rival Samuel Courtauld, Robert Witt and Viscount Lee’s combined collections, but absolutely anyone can remember The Courtauld with a gift in their will. Government funding and tuition fees only provide for just over half our financial needs and so we depend on donations from individuals to help us cover our costs.

All legacy gifts – no matter what size – are immensely important to us and we guarantee to only use them where they were intended. You might be thinking of leaving a donation in your will to a specific campaign or aspect of our work that is special to you. We would be very happy to discuss this with you, so that you can be reassured that we will be able to put your generous gift to its best use in an area that means most to you.


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Thank you for considering supporting The Courtauld Institute of Art in this special way. If, after reading this information, you have any further questions about legacies and The Courtauld, please contact us.