The Courtauld Institute of Artís Annual Book Sale returns to Somerset House this September

  • Thousands of brand-new and used books on art, culture, novels and travel are available
  • All books are heavily discounted, offering the public an opportunity to grab a bargain
  • All proceeds of sales go towards student research travel grants
  • Explore a wide range of books from just £1 to rare volumes
  • Open to all ages from 30 September - 7 October 2014 
  • Entry to the book sale is FREE
  • Coincides with a new, critically acclaimed exhibition - Jasper Johns: Regrets, running from September to 14 December 2014
  • Address: Courtauld Institute of Art Foyer, North Wing, Somerset House,
    Strand, London, WC2R 0RN

The Courtauld Institute of Art is hosting its annual Book Sale at Somerset House from 30 September - 7 October. The Book Sale offers the opportunity for those passionate about art, literature, culture and education to buy both brand new and rare out-of-print editions at great prices.

Last year’s sale raised over £18,000 to support students at The Courtauld through travel grants allowing them to research art history in the home cities of some of the world’s most significant art and archaeological artefacts. The Courtauld is hoping to surpass this total to give students the opportunity to see works of art in context and conduct valuable research nationally and internationally.

This year, The Book Sale coincides with The Courtauld Gallery’s latest exhibition Jasper Johns: Regrets, a display of new work by the internationally renowned American artist. The exhibition showcases the artist’s most recent body of work, developed over the last year and a half following his chance encounter with a 1964 photograph of Lucian Freud posing in Francis Bacon’s London studio, reproduced in a Christie’s auction catalogue. The show is open to the public from 12 September – 14 December 2014.

For more information about The Courtauld Annual Book Sale, contact

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Kallaway PR
Fiona Russell
+44 20 7221 7883

Courtauld Gallery
Hannah Talbot 
+44 (0)20 7848 1149

Notes to Editors and Ticket Information

Courtauld Institute of Art Foyer 
North Wing, Somerset House
London WC2R 0RN

Book Sale opening dates and times:
Tuesday 30 September: 10 am – 9 pm
Wednesday 1 October: 10 am – 5 pm
Thursday 2 October: 10 am – 5 pm
Friday 3 October: 10 am – 5 pm
Saturday 4 October: 11 am - 4 pm 
Sunday 5 October: Closed 
Monday 6 October: 10 am – 5 pm
Tuesday 7 October: 10 am – 9 pm


Friends of The Courtauld

About The Courtauld Gallery (

The Courtauld Gallery is one of London’s must-see art museums.

Its collection stretches from the early Renaissance to the 20th century and beyond. It is displayed in the elegant setting of Somerset House, one of the city’s most dynamic cultural venues. The Courtauld Gallery is renowned for its unrivalled Impressionist and Post-Impressionist paintings, including masterpieces by Monet, Van Gogh and Gauguin and the largest collection of Cézannes in the UK.

It houses a major collection of Old Master paintings and is one of the few museums in the country to display such a rich selection of early twentieth-century art. The Gallery also holds an outstanding collection of drawings and prints and fine works of sculpture and decorative arts.

The Courtauld Gallery regularly presents major exhibitions and special displays which are consistently acclaimed for their outstanding quality and originality.

The Gallery is at the heart of The Courtauld Institute of Art, one of the world’s leading centres for the study of art history and conservation. It plays an important role in the capital's cultural life and is part of London's Museum Mile.

“One of the world's great collections of Impressionist and Post-Impressionist art” - The Guardian

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