About

We are a small specialist picture library supplying fine illustrations of Victorian daily life, work, and leisure to private individuals, societies, publishers, museums, and TV companies.

“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.

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 artist’s original.

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: cafés, cookery, courting couples, circuses, Canada, cossacks, canoes, Chartist riots, children, coaching, criminals, canals, cheetahs, China, cockatoos, cricket, croquet, carpenters, cutlers, coal mines, cycling, chimneysweeps, 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, let us know and we’ll tell you what we have.

If you have a paint or design program you can colour your illustration or add a tinted background.