National Maritime Museum, Royal Museums Greenwich

Website: http://images.rmg.co.uk/en/page/show_home_page.html

Conditions: Getting images free from the NMM requires fulfilling certain conditions. They give a 100% academic discount for runs below 1000 editions, as below.

‘Discounts on reproduction fees are available for images used on interior pages of scholarly and not-for-profit publications, see the table below. This discount does not include supply fees. A minimum £50 spend applies per order.’

PRINT RUN DISCOUNT N.B. MINIMUM FEE £50 + VAT
UP TO 3000 30%
UP TO 2000 50%
UP TO 1000 100%

The £50 minimum fee is a cost but the images available for this cost if the conditions are fulfilled makes this offer a bargain. File under ‘nearly free’.

In addition:

‘Conditions of free images

As long as low resolution files are already available on the Picture Library website:http://images.rmg.co.ukyou can download these files for free under the following conditions:

  • Academic Press publications, scholarly journals and self-published family history books with a print or e-book run under 500.
    (this does not include front or back cover use which does incur a fee).
  • Academic thesis and student essays, which are not being published.
  • Free educational lectures or classes.
  • Private websites and blogs with a primarily informational purpose.
  • Low resolution files are 72 dpi and 800 pixels maximum length.
  • A maximum of 15 low resolution images can be used in any single project.
  • If you re-print the project at a later date, then a fee would need to be paid for the re-print.

High resolution files are subject to a fee.’

Source: http://images.rmg.co.uk/en/pages/pricelist_page.html

National Maritime Museum, Royal Museums Greenwich

The Royal Collection, Great Britain

 

Website: https://www.royalcollection.org.uk/collection/search#/page/1

Collection:

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.

Following the execution of Charles I in 1649, the greater part of the King’s magnificent possessions was sold by order of Oliver Cromwell, and the Royal Collection has largely been formed since the Restoration of the Monarchy in 1660.

The Royal Collection is held in trust by The Queen as Sovereign for her successors and the nation.  It is not owned by her as a private individual.

Conditions: Images may be free to use upon personal application to the Picture Library detailing the academic project.

Source: Personal communication. Contact the Picture Library via https://www.royalcollection.org.uk/picturelibrary

The Royal Collection, Great Britain

LACMA, Los Angeles County Museum of Art

Website: http://collections.lacma.org

Conditions:

The Content on the Site marked “Public Domain High Resolution Image Available” consists of images of works from LACMA’s permanent collections that are currently available in “high resolution” format and that LACMA believes are in the public domain. LACMA is providing high resolution images of these works free of charge and for use without restriction.

Source: http://www.lacma.org/about/contact-us/terms-use

LACMA, Los Angeles County Museum of Art

Yale Center for British Art

Website: http://britishart.yale.edu/collections/search

Conditions:

Thousands of images of works in the Center’s collection believed to be in the public domain are available for free through the Center’s online collection catalogue. Under Yale University’s Open Access Policy, anyone may use the Center’s open access material without further application, authorization, or fees due to the Center or to Yale.

Source: http://britishart.yale.edu/collections/using-collections/image-use

Yale Center for British Art

Yale University Art Gallery

Website: http://artgallery.yale.edu/collection/search

Conditions:

Thousands of images of works in the Gallery’s collection believed to be in the public domain are available for free download through the Gallery’s website. Under Yale University’s Open Access Policy, anyone may use the Gallery’s open-access material without further application, authorization, or fees due to the Gallery or to Yale.

Source: http://artgallery.yale.edu/using-images

http://ydc2.yale.edu/documentation/faq-open-access-digital-representations-works-public-domain-museum-library-and-archive

Yale University Art Gallery