Catalogues & Image Resources

Online Catalogues & Image Resources

Along with the online resources NGI Library and Archives subscribe to, the below list outlines a selection of free resources offering imagery that can assist a variety of art research needs.


Visual Arts Data Service (known as VADS) is a collection of images from more than 300 art and design collections across the UK. The images are freely available for non-commercial use in education and cover the broad range of the visual arts including fine art, architecture, design, fashion and media. This online resource is a service from the Library of the University for the Creative Arts.

Watercolour World

A free online database of pre-1900 documentary watercolours from public and private collections around the world.

British Printed Images to 1700

This website, funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council, makes available a database of thousands of prints and book illustrations from early modern Britain in fully searchable form. 

Metropolitan Postcard

International biographical information on postcard artists with examples of their work.

World Digital Library 

Provides significant primary materials from all countries and cultures. The principal objectives of the World Digital Library are to: Promote international and intercultural understanding; Expand the volume and variety of cultural content on the Internet; Provide resources for educators, scholars, and general audiences; Build capacity in partner institutions to narrow the digital divide within and between countries.



Contains full scans of the German art magazine Jugend from 1896 to 1940.  A good source on German Art Nouveau. Click "Blättern" in the menu to see the scans.

Works Progress Administration

A database of American murals painted Works Progress Administration artists. Records are organised by state with biographical data and imagery.

Database of Mid-Victorian wood-engraved Illustration

This site 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. Searchable via: Keyword search, Advanced search and Browse iconography.

Google Art Sources

Discover millions of artworks, historical sites and stories. 


The Art Project is a unique collaboration with some of the world’s most acclaimed art institutions to enable people to discover and view artworks online in extraordinary detail. Working with over 250 institutions, we have put tens of thousands of works of art from more than 6,000 artists online. 


Google Street Art Project explores the stories and artists behind the work.