Using Images

By accessing the Center’s website and images you agree to the Terms of Use and any additional terms below.

Obtaining Images

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.

To download open access images, simply click the “download” link beneath the display image in the individual object record.

To request an image of a work that is not illustrated online, or to request digital files in sizes or formats beyond those offered, you may submit an electronic request by following the “Request Photography” or “Request Additional Photography” links from individual object records, or you may complete our Imaging Request Form (pdf) and submit to Imaging Services by fax or e-mail.

For technical information concerning the use of the Center’s digital image files, please consult our digital imaging guidelines document.

Identifying Open Access Works and Images

The majority of works in the Center’s collection are in the public domain.

Building on Yale’s commitment to open access, if a work is believed to be in the public domain and free of other restrictions, the Center’s digital images of the work in its online collection catalogue are made freely available. For works with images, the rights status of the work is clearly displayed in the online collection catalogue record. To locate this information, navigate to the full record for the object or work of art in question, and locate the display image on the right-hand side. The rights status or rights holder will be indicated by the linked text displayed immediately beneath the image. For further information on the rights status of the work shown and how available images of the work may be used, click on this text. If the work is in the public domain and/or images may be downloaded, a download link will appear to the right.

Works and Images with Restrictions

Not every work of art in the Center’s collection is in the public domain, nor is every image on the Center’s site free of restrictions. The Center is mindful of its responsibilities concerning the intellectual property rights of others, and works to protect images of objects that are believed to be under copyright, to have content protected under rights of publicity or privacy, or to have other restrictions imposed by contract or policy.

Copyright in a work of art itself is distinct from any rights in the photograph/digital image depicting the work (where applicable) and may be held by individuals or entities other than the Center. For example, copyright in a work of art may be held or managed by the artist or the artist’s heirs or representative(s), not by the Center.

Works and images of works under copyright are available in the online collection catalogue in accordance with guidelines recommended by the American Association of Art Museum Directors or with the permission of the copyright holders, as applicable.

In addition, the Center reserves any applicable rights in the photography of its facilities, installations, events, employees, and guests created or commissioned by Center staff.


All the information necessary for the proper citation of the Center’s works is available in the object records in the online collection catalogue, as well as in a text file that may be downloaded with images. We encourage users to identify works from our collection and to provide an image credit to the Yale Center for British Art so that others may find and use our resources.

Apart from the above, you may not suggest or imply the Center’s endorsement of your publication or project, nor use the Center or Yale University’s trademarks without permission.

If a work or a photographic image is still protected by copyright, you must cite the relevant copyright information when using the image and comply with all other terms or restrictions that may be applicable to that material.

Images from Other Sources

The Center can neither grant nor deny permission to use photographic images of works in its collections obtained from other sources (for example, scanned from a book or downloaded from another website). While use of such images may be possible under “fair use” or “fair dealing” provisions in the copyright laws of some jurisdictions, the Center is unable to assist in making this determination. In addition, we are unable to vouch for the accuracy or quality of images obtained from other sources. We strongly recommend the use of the Center’s own images of its collection over those from other sources.


The Center cannot guarantee the availability of images for every work in our collection; works or their images may be unavailable due to condition, location, exhibition, collection priorities, copyright, or other restrictions.

Any statement on the public domain status of a work is made by the Center in good faith. While the Center makes every effort to accurately determine the rights status of works and their images, this information is provided without any warranty. As an end user, you are solely responsible for the download or use of any images from the Center’s site. It is your responsibility to verify or accept any rights information provided as well as to obtain any additional permission or clearances that may be required for works protected by copyright.

If you have any questions regarding the rights status of a work of art or images on the Center’s website, or have any information on the rights status of a work contrary or in addition to the information in our records, please contact the Department of Imaging Services.

Date: 1/2/2013