Other Digital Image Collections Online

Selected other (non-LWL) digital image collections of primary source visual and associated textual materials that support research in British eighteenth-century studies can be found here. Resources marked with the symbol yale-only indicate resources that the Yale University Library licenses. Access to licensed resources is freely available through the Lewis Walpole Library wireless internet connection for readers at the Library. For information on other off-campus access for other members of the Yale community, click here. Other resources listed below are freely available on the internet.

Caricatures and Satires Cultural, Historical, and Fine Art Ballads, Broadsides, Playbills, Printed Ephemera Other Digital Collections Online
Catalogue of Prints and Drawings in the British Museum: Division I. Political and Personal Satires Yale Digital Collections Identifying Print Media -- selected resources Reference and Other Secondary Sources Online

Caricatures and Satires

British Museum - Search the collection database

Brown University - Napoleonic Satires

Brown University - JCB Political Cartoons

Catalogue of 18th-Century British Mezzotint Satires

Draft List of Published Book and Periodical Contributions by Robert Seymour - by Brian Maidment

Early Comics Archive

Guildhall LibraryCollage Portal

Library of Congress Prints & Photographs Online Catalog - Cartoon Prints, British

Metropolitan Museum of Art

National Library of MedicineImages from the History of Medicine

National Library of WalesThe Digital Mirror - Pictures - Thomas Rowlandson

National Portrait Gallery (London) – Caricature

New York Public Library Digital Gallery – Caricatures and Cartoons

NYPL exhibitionJames Gillray

Northwestern University Charles Deering McCormick Library– William Hogarth and 18th Century Print Culture

Oxford University LibraryPrints from the Curzon Collection: Images of Napoleon and British Fears of Invasion, 1789 - 1815

Princeton University LibraryComic Art at Princeton University

Princeton University LibraryCruikshank Artwork at Princeton

Royal Collection Trust

Wellcome Library -- Wellcome Images

Yale University -- Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library -- Auchincloss volumes

Yale University -- Medical Historical Library Digitized Collections -- Prints and Drawings

Yale University -- Yale Center for British Art


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Catalogue of prints and drawings in the British Museum: Division I. Political and Personal Satires / Frederick George Stephens and Mary Dorothy George

Vol. I: 1320 to APRIL n, 1689 (No. i to No. 1235) 

Vol. II: JUNE 1689 to 1733 (No. 1236 to No. 2015) 

Vol. III: PART I. MARCH 28, 1734, to c. 1750 (No. 2016 to No. 3116) 

Vol. III: PART II. 1751 to f. 1760 (No. 3117 to No. 3804)  [this volume does not appear to be included in the group digitized on this site]

Vol. IV: 1761 to c. A.D. 1770 (No. 3805 to No. 4838)   

Vol. V:1771 to 1783 (No. 4839 to No. 6360)  

Vol. VI: 1784 to 1792 (No. 6361 to No. 8283)   

Vol. VII: 1793 to 1800 (No. 8284 to No. 9692)   

Vol. VIII: [this volume does not appear to be included in the group digitized on this site]

 Vol. IX:  1811 to 1819 (No. 11704 to No. 13500)

 Vol. X: 1820 to 1827 (No. 13501 to No. 15496)   

Vol. XI: [this volume does not appear to be included in the group digitized on this site]


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Cultural, Historical, and Fine Art

AMICO Library (Art History Images) Yale-only

The AMICO Library consists of over 90,000 digital images of works of art from ancient to contemporary times representing world-wide cultural heritage. Types of works include paintings, sculptures, prints, drawings, photographs, textiles, costumes and jewelry, works of decorative art, architecture, books and manuscripts, multimedia works, installations, and digital art. At present, the majority of works date from 1800. 
(for more information click here)

ArtStor Yale-only

The image collections in ARTstor cover architecture, painting, sculpture, photography, decorative arts, design, and many other forms of visual materials. All periods and many cultures are represented.
(for more information click here)

Bridgeman Art Library

With images from over 2,000 collections and more than 30,000 artists, Bridgeman provides a central source of fine art and historical images for users.

British Library Images Online

Thousands of the greatest images from the British Library's collections which include manuscripts, rare books, musical texts and maps spanning almost 3000 years. The range of images available include illustrations, drawings, paintings and photographs. 

The British Museum Images

Images from the Museum's Collections, depicting world culture and history including ceramics, sculpture, prints, drawings, and paintings.

Brown University - Prints, Drawings & Watercolors from the Anne S. K. Brown Military Collection

This ambitious multi-year endeavor will digitize the 15,000 individual prints, drawings, and watercolors from The Anne S. K. Brown Military Collection. The artwork vividly documents all aspects of military and naval history, with emphasis on the history and illustration of world military and naval uniforms from the 17th century to the present. In addition to the material on military and naval dress, this digital collection includes portraiture, caricatures, wartime posters, original photographs, and graphics on military and naval history in general, campaigns and battles, the arts and tactics of warfare, drills and regulations. There is a vast amount of material pertaining to military decorations and insignia, heraldic ornaments, armor, weaponry, equitation, flags, knightly orders, court and ceremonial dress, architecture, and the general history of costume.

Country Life Picture Library

These exceptional images date from the launch of Country Life magazine in 1897 through to the present day. The collection is based around the historic and modern day images of houses and gardens, specially commissioned for the magazine. The collection also features historic buildings and churches; ever-changing landscapes photographed in all seasons; a wide range of quintessential country pursuits and social events; agriculture and animals.

Database of Mid-Victorian Wood-engraved Illustration

The Database of Mid-Victorian Illustration (DMVI), which contains records and images of 868 literary illustrations that were published in or around 1862, providing bibliographical and iconographical details, as well as the ability for users to view images at exceptionally high quality.

David Rumsey Map Collection

The historical map collection has over 25,000 maps and images online. The collection focuses on rare 18th and 19th century North American and South American maps and other cartographic materials. Historic maps of the World, Europe, Asia, and Africa are also represented.

Digital Library for the Decorative Arts and Material Culture: Image and Text Collections

The Digital Library for the Decorative Arts and Material Culture collects and creates electronic resources for study and research of the decorative arts, with a particular focus on Early America. Included are electronic texts and facsimiles, image databases, and Web resources. Made possible by the Chipstone Foundation, the project is produced at the University of Wisconsin Madison General Library System.

Farber Gravestone Collection

The Farber Gravestone Collection is an unusual resource containing over 13,500 images documenting the sculpture on more than 9,000 gravestones, most of which were made prior to 1800, in the Northeastern part of the United States. The late Daniel Farber of Worcester, Massachusetts, and his wife, Jessie Lie Farber, were responsible for the largest portion of the collection. This online version of the Farber Gravestone Collection is sponsored by the American Antiquarian Society. The Web site and online image database have been created by David Rumsey and Cartography Associates.

Getty Images

Extensive image and stock illustration offering spans everything from conceptual rights-managed and royalty-free creative images to up-to-the-minute editorial coverage – including news, sport and celebrity photos – and timeless vintage photography.

Google Art Project

Explore museums from around the world, discover and view hundreds of artworks at incredible zoom levels, and even create and share your own collection of masterpieces.

Image Quest Yale-only

Simplify and improve your search for images with Image Quest. Now you can access more than two million rights-cleared images from over 40 of the best collections in the world (soon to be over 60 collections!). Dorling Kindersley Images, Getty Images, the National Portrait Gallery of London, the National Geographic Society, Oxford Scientific, and other leading names have joined with Britannica to provide the best and broadest collection of proprietary educational imagery.
(for more information click here)

Library of Congress

The Prints and Photographs Online Catalog (PPOC) contains catalog records and digital images representing a rich cross-section of still pictures held by the Prints & Photographs Division and, in some cases, other units of the Library of Congress. The collections of the Prints & Photographs Division include photographs, fine and popular prints and drawings, posters, and architectural and engineering drawings. While international in scope, the collections are particularly rich in materials produced in, or documenting the history of, the United States and the lives, interests and achievements of the American people.

Microcosm of London, vol. I
Microcosm of London, vol. II

National Gallery of Art Images (Washington)

NGA Images is a repository of digital images of the collections of the National Gallery of Art. With the launch of NGA Images, the National Gallery of Art implements an open access policy for digital images of works of art that the Gallery believes to be in the public domain.

National Library of Medicine - History of Medicine Images

Images from the History of Medicine (IHM) provides access to nearly 70,000 images in the collections of the History of Medicine Division of the U.S. National Library of Medicine. The collection includes portraits, photographs, caricatures, genre scenes, posters, and graphic art illustrating the social and historical aspects of medicine dated fromthe 15th to 21st century.

National Portrait Gallery (London) Collection - Search the Collection

 The National Portrait Gallery collection includes 11,000 portraits, of which about 4,000 are paintings, sculptures, and miniatures, and 7,000 light-sensitive works on paper.

National Trust Collections (UK)

The National Trust's object database, including fine and decorative art, furniture, decorative arts and household and estate paraphernalia.

New York Public Library - Digital Images

The Digital Gallery provides free and open access to over 700,000 images digitized from the New York Public Library's vast collections.

Old Maps Online

The Old Maps Online Portal is an easy-to-use gateway to historical maps in libraries around the world. It allows the user to search for online digital historicla maps across numerous different collections via a geographical search. Search by typing a place-name or by clicking in the map window, and narrow by date. The search results provide a direct link to the map image on the website of the host institution. Can be found at

The Royal Collection Trust (UK)

The Royal Collection is one of the largest and most important art collections in the world, and one of the last great European royal collections to remain intact. Comprising almost all aspects of the fine and decorative arts and running to more than a million objects, the Collection is a unique and valuable record of the personal tastes of kings and queens over the past 500 years. On this website you can explore over 225,000 objects from the Royal Collection. New items are being added all the time.

The Visual Arts Data Service (UK)

Collections include selections from the John Johnson Collection: Political Prints , the John Johnson Collection: Trades and Professions, the Frederick Parker Chair Collection of the London Metropolitan University, and Oxford University's collection of portraits, etc.

Your Paintings (UK)

Your Paintings is a website which aims to show the entire UK national collection of oil paintings, the stories behind the paintings, and where to see them for real. It is made up of paintings from thousands of museums and other public institutions around the country. Your Paintings is a joint initiative between the BBC, the Public Catalogue Foundation (a registered charity) and participating collections and museums from across the UK.


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Ballads, Broadsides, Playbills, Printed Ephemera

American Broadsides & Ephemera, Series I Yale-only

American Broadsides and Ephemera, based on the American Antiquarian Society's collection, offers searchable facsimile images of broadsides printed between 1820 and 1900 and pieces of ephemera printed between 1760 and 1900.
(for information click here)

British Museum - Search the collection database

For Broadsides, click here

For Playbills (or play-bills), click here

For Trade Cards click here

Broadside Ballads
(Oxford University – Bodelian Library)

Dying Speeches and Bloody Murders – Crime Broadsides
(Harvard Law School Library)

Eighteenth Century Entertainment Ephemera
(Oxford University Library – John Johnson Collection) 

English Broadside Ballad Archive
(University of California Santa Barbara)

English and Scottish Popular Ballads, edited by Francis James Childs, 1882-98
(University of Virginia Library)

John Johnson Collection of Printed Ephemera Yale-only

This collection provides access to thousands of items selected from the John Johnson Collection of Printed Ephemera, offering unique insights into the changing nature of everyday life in Britain in the eighteenth, nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Categories include Nineteenth-Century Entertainment, the Booktrade, Popular Prints, Crimes, Murders and Executions, and Advertising.
(for information click here)

 John Johnson Collection of Printed Ephemera

(Oxford University Library – John Johnson Collection)

Home site of the John Johnson Collection at Oxford University: includes catalogue, finding aid, information about using the collection at Oxford, and online exhibitions, including "A Nation of Shopkeepers" a from 2001, and more information.

Leeds PlayBills

This site is making available all the playbills in the Local Studies Library collection from a wide range of Leeds Theatres such as The City Varieties, The Grand, The Princess and the Theatre Royal. The site provides a unique insight into theatre life in Leeds between 1781 and the 1990's. The site also contains some circus bills, such as those from Pablo Fanque's Circus.

The Word on the Street
(National Library of Scotland)

 The National Library of Scotland's online collection of nearly 1,800 broadsides lets you see for yourself what 'the word on the street' was in Scotland between 1650 and 1910. Crime, politics, romance, emigration, humour, tragedy, royalty and superstitions - all these and more are here


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Yale Digital Collections


Digital Image Collection

Recent Antiquarian Acquisitions Blog

Strawberry Hill Database

Yale Indian Papers Project

YUL Digital Collections

Arts Library - Visual Resources

Yale Center for British Art - Search all collections

Yale Medical Library-Digital Library

Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History - Search the Collections

Yale University Art Gallery eCatalogue

Yale Digital Commons


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Identifying print media


Gascoigne, Bamber. How to Identify Prints. New York: Thames and Hudson, 1986--LWL Reference collection NE860 G37

Griffiths, Antony. Prints and Printmaking: an introduction to the history and techniques. New York: Knopf, 1980--LWL Reference collection NE400 G75 1996


Graphics Atlas--created by IPI, the Image Permanence Institute

LWL Master Class handouts for "Caricature and the Comic Image 1800-1850"

Printmaking Techniques section of the online exhibit "Print by Print"* by the Baltimore Museum of Art


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