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Samuel Courtauld

Samuel Courtauld (1876–1947) was Chairman of the family textiles firm and an active patron of the arts, serving as a trustee on the boards of both the National and Tate Galleries.

In 1924 Courtauld established a trust fund of £50,000 to acquire examples of Impressionist and Post-Impressionist art.  Known as the Courtauld Fund, its acquisitions were insightful and included works by Manet, Renoir, Seurat, Degas and Van Gogh.

Initially displayed at the Tate, the paintings were transferred to the National Gallery during the 1950s and 1960s once they were no longer regarded as modern.