Art & Visual Culture


Art Museum Image Gallery (EBSCO, 2005- )

158K+ downloadable images from leading global collections, with rights cleared for educational use


ArtStor (2005- )

1M+ images from major museums and archives; expanded functionality at partner institutions


Bildindex der Kunst & Architektur (2000- )

German-language site with 2M+ images of art and architecture in Germany and elsewhere in Europe


Bloomsbury Fashion Central (2017)

250K+ images from major archives plus tools for studying global fashion since medieval era


Boydell Shakespeare Gallery (Romantic Illustration Network, 2015)

Frederick Burwick’s images of engravings of Shakespeare scenes painted for Boydell’s gallery, 1789-1805


British Library Images Online (2005- )

Searchable database of maps, illustrations, drawings, paintings, and photos from BL’s collections


Bridgeman Education Art Library (2011- )

Searchable database of 1.2M images from BL and major museums


English Satirical Prints, 1714-1830 (Derek Linney, 2016- )

100+ high-res Georgian prints, plus brief articles on subject and links to related resources


Europeana Art (European Union, 2008- )

1.7M images from famous and lesser-known collections across Europe


Europeana Fashion (European Union, 2008- )

Fashion drawings, sketches, and catalogues from 30 public and private collections in Europe


Google Arts and Culture (Google Cultural Institute, 2011)

High-res art from Tate, British Museum, National Gallery, etc., plus virtual gallery tours of partner museums


The Grand Tour (Adam Matthew, 2009)

Travel writings and art by Britons touring European art and culture sites between 1550 and 1850


Illustrating Scott (U. of Edinburgh, 2009)

Peter Garside’s database of 1500+ printed illustrations to Scott’s Waverley novels from 1814 to 1900


Illustration Archive (Cardiff U., 2015)

Searchable database of 1M+ illustrations from 68K 18c/19c books at BL and elsewhere


National Portrait Gallery (London)

Portal for searching NPG’s unrivaled collection of 210K+ portraits of Britons from 16c to present


The Oxford Portraits Project (Oxford U., 2008)

Catalog and images of portraits of famous Britons from Oxford’s collections


Prints from the Curzon Collection (Oxford U., 2003)

1,400 British political cartoons from 1789-1815 on Napoleon and British fears of invasion


The Printshop Window (Matthew Crowther, 2013- )

Collector’s site with images and tools for studying caricature and graphic satire in long 18c


RÊVE: Romantic Europe: The Virtual Exhibition (ERA, 2017- )

Collaborative initiative enabling scholars and museums to showcase Romantic-era art, objects, and texts


Romantic Illustration Network

Scholarly organization focused on book illustration and visual culture from 1750 to 1850


Romanticism: Life, Literature and Landscape (Adam Matthew, 2012)

Digitized Wordsworth Trust collection includes unparalleled collection of Lake District art


Royal Academy Collection Online

Portal for searching RA’s archives, exhibition catalogs, and research tools


Saskia Art History Images (Scholars Resource, 2003)

34K images photographed at major museums by Ronald V. Wiedenhoeft


Slavery Images (U. of Virginia, 2015)

Archive of 1,280 depictions of slavery in the Americas


VADS: Visual Arts Data Service (U. for the Creative Arts, 2008- )

140K+ freely available and copyright-cleared images from collections across Britain


Web Gallery of Art (1996- )

Early open-access “virtual museum,” with 11K+ images and tools for studying 8c-19c European art


The William Blake Archive (1998- )

Eaves, Essick, and Viscomi’s comprehensive image gallery and tools for studying Blake’s life and work


What Jane Saw (Janine Barchas, 2013)

Virtual recreation of 2 major exhibits Austen saw: Shakespeare Gallery (1796) and Reynolds retrospective (1813)


Yale Center for British Art (Yale U.)

Searchable catalog of museum’s holdings, exhibition guides, and publications