With its roots huguenotes, his top hat and his collar starched, you might believe that Samuel Courtauld (1876-1947) was one of these gentlemen staid, typical of England at the time of its empire and its thriving businesses. But his designs inspired by Lewis Carroll, they are unfortunately seen in the documentary broadcast at the end of exposure, and the poems he has left (some of which are legible next to the tables) indicate a higher dimension.

An ideal has motivated the buying frenzy of art, mostly between 1923 and 1929. Heir of a king of viscose, this synthetic silk, Samuel, who has developed the company into a multinational, is confession unitariste. As Newton, Dickens, or the philanthropist Henry Tate. This results in a social vision, a philanthropy that does not merely be a vague paternalism. Spearhead of the industrial democracy, Samuel is fighting for the right of workers. Going so far as to propose the appointment of …

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