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About us

Welcome to the National Gallery Picture Library. We have created this site primarily for image professionals, allowing access to and rights clearances for images in the National Gallery’s world-famous collection.
  • Search the National Gallery’s collection online using simple keyword searches or our specially tailored advanced search facility
  • Browse the collection by theme, subject or style
  • Create and manage your search results using our light box facility
  • Use our online price calculator to quickly and easily obtain quotes for a variety of standard image usages
  • Use your credit card or customer account to pay for and download high resolution image files directly from the site

We recommend the use of our new generation of images now available as downloads from this site. You can read more about the technical aspects of our digitisation process, and the files it generates, in Image information. In addition to those digital formats available online, we can supply digital image files on CD to suit your needs. To order material, please complete our Picture Library request form.

We have created this website to allow easy viewing, accessing and licensing of our images from wherever you are in the world, but we still like to keep in touch with our clients. Based next door to the Gallery, we are available during normal office hours to respond to queries you may have about our service or images. We recommend you check our FAQs  before making direct contact with us, as you may find your answer quicker there.

About the company

National Gallery Company Limited ('NGC') is the trading arm of the National Gallery, London. All our profits go to support the work of the Gallery. NGC carries out a variety of activities on behalf of the Gallery. In addition to the on-line picture library there is an on-line shop and the shops located in the Gallery, NGC publishes books about the Gallery's collection, manages the Gallery's café and restaurant.

For more information about shopping at the National Gallery go to the National Gallery Shop site

Company details

  • National Gallery Company Limited: formerly National Gallery Publications Limited
  • Date of Incorporation: 26.07.1988
  • Registered in England & Wales
  • Company No.: 2280277
  • Registered Office: St. Vincent House, 30 Orange Street, London WC2H 7HH
  • Country of domicile: England
  • VAT registration no.: 480 7305 49

Job vacancies

We will from time to time be advertising vacancies with the National Gallery Company Limited. Details of positions will be advertised, together with contact details. The Picture Library does sometimes have vacancies for volunteers to gain work experience. If you are interested in employment opportunities, either full or part-time, please send a CV and covering letter along with details of your current salary to:

HR Recruitment

National Gallery Company
St Vincent House
30 Orange Street
London WC2H 7HH