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1. Image format

Our images are available in two formats: low or high resolution. Conditions apply to how and where they are used. Permission depends on use rather than user.

Low resolution images

  • 768 pixels along the longest side
  • 72dpi
  • Suitable for PowerPoint presentations and online use

High resolution images

  • 2500 pixels along the longest side
  • 300dpi
  • Suitable for print publication

2. Image use

We are very happy for you to download images and to use these free of charge as long as usage falls within the following criteria:

  • Personal use: this means the use of a single copy of each image by one person for non-commercial research and private study.
  • For print based academic publications, print-runs of up to and including 4,000.
  • For print based academic publications, a licence restricted to one-time use and one edition only.
  • For academic e-publications, individual subscriptions for e-books and e-journals of up to and including 4000 copies.
  • For academic e-publications, a licence restricted to 3 years from first day of publication.
  • Inside publication use: book jackets are subject to our commercial conditions (see below).
  • High resolution images should be printed no larger than A5 size.
  • All images must be credited as follows: © Victoria and Albert Museum, London.
  • Reproduction of high resolution images in a thesis submitted by a student at an educational establishment (as defined in the Definitions section of our Terms of use for the purpose of securing a degree.
  • Reproduction of high resolution images in print or electronic newsletters and other periodical reports published by charities and other non-profit organizations for circulation to members, supporters or 'friends'.

3. Commercial use of images

If you need an image for a use beyond the terms and conditions above, please contact our commercial image licensing team, V&A Images.

4. Downloading images

To download a low-res image, right click the image and select 'Save Picture as/ copy image' from the pop-up menu. You will then be able to save the image onto your PC or mobile device.

For help downloading high-res images, please read our Step-by-Step guide to downloading images from Search the Collections.

5. Copyright

The V&A is committed to respecting third party Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) as well as being able to protect its own IPR, including V&A copyright and trade marks. The text and images published on 'Search the Collections' are protected by copyright law, and include a number of images which have been licensed to the Museum for use by third parties. If you have any copyright concerns, please contact us via our enquiry form.

6. Privacy Policy

Please read our privacy policy here http://www.vam.ac.uk/content/articles/p/privacy-policy/.

7. Enquiries

We hope that you find our service useful and welcome your feedback. Please contact us at vanda@vam.ac.uk.
If you have an enquiry about the V&A, please contact us via our enquiry form.