1. Go to https://britishart.yale.edu/.
2. Go to ‘Collections’ and ‘Search’.
3. Click on ‘Find’ and you will see all items.
4. On the right side menu choose ‘Prints and Drawings’ (50,820 images) and ‘Paintings and Sculpture’ (2,394 images).
Now you can see all relevant collection items (mixed licence/copyright status).
53,214 images on 28/09/2019
Not all digital scans in this collection are under an open licence. Open licence is applied only to those digital scans where the original work is believed to be in the public domain in the U.S. Where digital scan is under an open licence, it is available to be downloaded in high resolution.
How to find them?
There is no filter to find images by date of creation/publishing.
You need to check each image individually:
1. Go to the image page
2. See if there is a ‘Public domain’ mark below it and if you have a permission to download an image
If yes, the image is under an open licence.
More information by the provider:
Not all original works in this collection, which are under an open licence and available to download in high resolution, are in the public domain in the European countries.
This is because Yale Center for British Art is in the U.S. and guided by the copyright law of the U.S. It applies open licence to digital scans where original works are believed to be in the public domain in the U.S.
How to find images which you can reuse in most of the European countries?
A. Focus on older content:
1. Go to the main page with all collection items (see section ‘How to find images?’)
2. On the right side see section ‘Date’ where you can limit results up to 1949 (please note, this is a creation/publication date, and not a death date of the author, which is needed for copyright checks)
Search results you get are now more likely to be in the public domain in most of the European countries.
50,657 images on 29/09/2019
45,385 Prints and Drawings on 16/08/2020
2,049 Paintings and Sculpture on 16/08/2020
Numbers include images by unknown authors (there is no filter to remove them).
B. Now, after you limited results, check each image individually:
1. Go to the image page
2. Identify all the authors and contributors
3. Find the death date of the last living author (dates are available)
If the last living author has passed away more than 70 years ago, most likely, his/her works are in the public domain in most of the European countries.
However, if you intend to use images for commercial purposes you might want to do additional checks to assess any risk.
Please note, it is always your personal responsibility to make sure the original work is out of copyright in all countries where you distribute your new creative works. The supplier of the digital scan cannot guarantee this.
Go to the main page with all collection items (see section ‘How to find images?’). Use the menu on the right side for:
Go to the main page with all collection items (see section ‘How to find images?’). You can view the search results as a list or thumbnails and you can sort them in various ways.
On the upper menu go to ‘Collections’ > ‘Highlights’ > ‘Paintings and Sculpture’.
Go to the image page. Here you can zoom in/out and see its other versions (if available).
Go to the image page. Here you can find:
1. Go to the image page.
2. Click on ‘Download’.
3. You can choose:
Artist name, Title, Date. Yale Center for British Art. Open licence (e.g. CC0 ) + a link
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Attribution guidelines are based on goodwill. They are not legally binding, but they are a secret way how to:
– Say ‘thank you’ to the most friendly for creators museums, archives and libraries.
– Encourage the release of new open collections for creativity.
– Inform and equip your fellow creators with new powers.