We are a specialist picture library supplying fine illustrations of Victorian daily life, work, science, technology, and leisure to private individuals, picture researchers, social historians, clubs and societies, book and magazine publishers, heritage and interpretation designers, museums, and TV companies.
Note: we have been running our picture library for ten years, and in that time we have never received a complaint about the quality of our images.
“Really glad I found your website, it’s a great alternative to the commercial picture libraries that dominate.” – UK TV Company
“I love your library! I was really pleased with the quality of the farming picture, it’s for our parish newsletter.” – SJ, Devon
All our pictures are original illustrations drawn in Victorian times, scanned from books, magazines and newspapers sourced by us, and part of our own collection. They are to the very best of our knowledge out of copyright.
Your download jpeg picture and its size
Important! The previews shown on this website are low-resolution jpegs only.
Litho printed books and magazines: the 3mb jpeg when litho printed at 300dpi will produce a quality A4 size image.
Digitally printed books, magazines: the 3mb jpeg when printed digitally at 150dpi produces a landscape format print 54cm wide.
Commercial clients only: If you are considering using our images in a project you can ask us to email you larger jpegs to help you make your choice.
TV broadcasts: we regularly supply BBC and independent media companies with our illustrations and have never experienced a problem with size or quality.
Museum and interpretation displays: Depending on the quality of the original, the jpeg can be printed at 100dpi to produce a landscape format print 80cm wide.
We may also be able to re-scan the original illustration to a higher resolution for a small extra charge.
Tinting: If you have a paint or design program you can colour your illustration or add a tinted background.
Are you a picture researcher for TV?
We are always happy to email you high-resolution jpegs in advance for you to make your choice. We can then arrange payment for any you use via the website or BACS. Do try us out.
High quality illustrations
To date we have never had a complaint about the quality of our images. We spend time digitally restoring our illustrations, carefully removing the marks of age. Your chosen image will have all the crisp sharpness of the Victorian artists original. See example below.
Huge range of subjects
Our pictures show an amazing variety of subjects, worldwide. Here are just a few of the ‘Cs’ we can supply if you make a request: cafes, cookery, courting couples, circuses, Canada, cossacks, canoes, Chartist riots, children, coaching, criminals, canals, cheetahs, China, cockatoos, cricket, croquet, carpenters, cutlers, coal mines, cycling, chimney sweeps, charcoal burners, clerks, cobblers, corner shops, cottages, crofting, child labour – we have thousands of quality ills, A to Z!
Not found what you want?
We are always pleased to search for particular illustrations. We can also search by date, so if you have a particular Victorian news story or event in mind (eg. battle or war, political event etc), let us know and we’ll tell you what we have.