Biographical Resources

Online Biographical Resources

Along with the dictionaries of biography the NGI Library and Archives subscribe to, the below outlines a selection of free resources that offer biographical information to assist a variety of art research needs.

RKD: Netherlands Institute for Art History

The RKD provides worldwide access to knowledge, research and information about Netherlandish art in an international context, for museums, the academic community and the general public alike. One of their many resources is their biographical database with information on thousands of artists and designers.

The Correspondence of James McNeill Whistler

Transcribed letters compiled by the University of Glasgow including useful notes and linked data. This resource contains biographical information about Whistler and the people who corresponded with him...and there were a lot of them!

Dictionary of Scottish Architects 1660-1980

Indispensable source of biographical information on mainly Scottish architects.

The International Archive of Women in Architecture (IAWA) Biographical Database

Archive documenting "the history of women's contributions to the built environment by collecting, preserving, and providing access to the records of women's architectural organizations and the professional papers of women architects, landscape architects, designers, architectural historians and critics, and urban planners." Website offers many resources including an IAWA biographical database.


Art Cyclopedia

The Artcyclopedia is an index of online museums and image archives: find where the works of over 8000 different fine artists can be viewed online.

Online Encyclopedia of Silver Marks, Hallmarks & Makers’ Marks

Contains biographical information on thousands of silversmiths and jewellery designers worldwide.

Lambiek Comiclopedia

Biographical information on nearly 14,000 comic artists and cartoonists.