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Look and Learn History Picture Library Image from the history picture library

About us

Cover of Tell Me Why Annual 1970Look and Learn is a London-based picture library specialising in educational images. It is a member of BAPLA (the British Association of Picture Libraries and Agencies).

The core of the picture library derives from rights to material that appeared in sixteen classic children’s illustrated magazines, including Look and Learn (1962-82). This material is complemented by illustrations from a wide range of 19th and early 20th century printed books and magazines, and by fine art and historical images provided by Bridgeman Education.

While the picture library is free to browse, we make a charge of £2.99 (approx US$5) per image for personal and educational use. Images are also available for commercial licensing, either via the Bridgeman Art Library or, in the case of larger or more complex requirements, from us direct. We are also able to license comic characters and textual material.

We own a large amount of original artwork, a small selection of which is for sale at any time through the Illustration Art Gallery.

Over the course of 2007-08 we published forty-eight issues of a magazine made out of the best of the original Look and Learn, complete sets of which are still available to buy. In 2007, Century – an imprint of Random House – published The Bumper Book of Look and Learn, a 256-page tribute to the magazine, which is available to buy from Amazon and most bookshops.

We run monthly online children’s art competitions with the explicit objective of creating the world’s best gallery of children’s art. Pictures in the children’s art gallery are available for commercial licensing on the basis that half the net income will go to the child and the other half will be added to the art competitions prize fund.

Legal status

Look and Learn Ltd is a private limited company, with registered office at 3rd Floor, 24 Chiswell Street, London EC1Y 4YX, United Kingdom. The company’s business address is Office 370, 19-21 Crawford Street, London W1H 1PJ, United Kingdom. The company registration number is 5294671, and VAT registration number 849 1277 00.


Look and Learn would like to thank the following people for helping bring the picture library to life:

Edward Leigh: development of the website; business and technical consultancy on building and making available the picture library.

Stephen Johnson: technical advice on image capture, colour calibration and workflow.

Mantas Mazutis: Flash design work for picture animations and site banners.

Becky Gray: original graphical design of the website.

Bert Webster: 3D fly-through of Jesus walking on the Sea of Galilee.

Richard Thompson: 3D fly-through of Easter Island statues.