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History, art and culture images for just £2

Posted in Uncategorized on Sunday, 31 October 2010

Click on any image for details about licensing for commercial or personal use.

Following a soft launch in late June, we are formally launching our £2 per image educational licensing initiative tomorrow, 1 November 2010.

During the soft launch period we have sold over two hundred £2 licences, mainly to historians (national, military and local), art-lovers (both of illustration and fine art) and Bible teachers, but also, for example, to someone giving a lecture on the Panama canal and, even, by special permission, to someone wanting an image to use on the jars of his home-produced jam!  Needless to say, we are hoping that, with the benefit of some publicity, we will sell many more licences.

In addition to a press release, next week we are mailing out 10,000 free sets of postcards which, as well as showing off a sample of our images, include cards promoting the best of Look and Learn and the Look and Learn children’s art gallery. If you are a supporter of Look and Learn and would like a free set of cards, please email with your name and address (UK addresses only, I am afraid).

The text of the press release is as follows:

Look and Learn, in conjunction with Bridgeman Education, has launched a new service at supplying images for personal and educational use for just £2 (c US$3) per image.

Over 200,000 history, art and culture images are now available for immediate download at a standard resolution (1024 pixels high or wide) optimised for digital projection and printed coursework.

This is the first time that such an outstanding range of high quality educational images has been made available on a pay-as-you-go basis. The service has been designed to appeal to teachers and students at schools and universities, as well as to individuals needing high quality images for private use.

A Look and Learn licence for personal and educational use entitles the purchaser to use an image for any of the following personal, home study or educational uses: classroom teaching (eg digital projection); coursework, either in digital or printed form, including lectures, notes, seminars, essays, dissertations and theses used or presented within a single educational institution and not made available outside; privately printed books up to a total of five copies; privately printed greetings cards or postcards up to a maximum of twenty copies; a screensaver or desktop background on a computer in the home or classroom; a slideshow or background on a television or digital photo frame in the home or classroom.

Look and Learn ( owns the rights to half a million illustrations that appeared in sixteen classic British 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 sources. Look and Learn also runs monthly online children’s art competitions with the explicit objective of creating the world’s best gallery of children’s art (

The educational branch of The Bridgeman Art Library, Bridgeman Education ( provides a dedicated subscription-based service that supports the use of high-quality images in education, be it teaching, research or reference. The Bridgeman Art Library ( is the world’s leading source of fine art, cultural and historical images.

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