Academic licence details

The National Portrait Gallery Academic Licence

All images on this website are protected, only according to Copyright Designs and Patents Act, 1988 (as amended).

Where available, through this self-service licensing and download facility, images can be obtained for reproduction in scholarly books and journals, and certain specific non-commercial uses, free of charge. Where not available through this facility, images must be obtained through our other licensing options, and additional costs (and therefore charges) will apply.

We consider a project to be scholarly only when its primary intention is to broaden knowledge. Scholarly work undertaken in universities or other publicly funded research institutions normally qualifies as non commercial. Non commercial research is research whose objective is to put new ideas into the public domain for public benefit and at no cost to the end user. It will therefore normally be financed from public or charitable funds.

If you wish to apply for the use of images under our Academic Licence, where possible you should apply using an email address from a recognised University or educational institution. You may be required to submit texts or other evidence as proof of academic use.

Permitted uses
Applications for images supplied under the Academic Licence may be granted, at our discretion:

  • for a single copy of an image by one person for non-commercial research or private study, or
  • for one-off classroom use in the school named in the application, or
  • for reproduction within a thesis document submitted by a student at an educational establishment (an electronic version of the research may be stored online as long as it is made available online at no cost to the end user), or
  • for reproduction within (but not on the cover of) a specified book, journal article or booklet, provided that the publication is non-commercial in purpose and has a combined print-run/download total of not more than 3,000 copies.

Terms and conditions
In respect of all images supplied and licences granted via this facility:

  • These images are licensed for a specific one-time use in a specified context by a specified user and may not be used except as licensed, and
    • these images may therefore not be passed on for third-party use;
    • if further print-runs/downloads are required, beyond the licensed total of 3,000 copies, a licence extension must be secured, in advance, from rightsandimages@npg.org.uk, and charges will apply.
  • These images must each be captioned with the name of the artist and the title of the portrait, and credited: '© National Portrait Gallery, London'.
  • These images may not be cropped, changed or manipulated in any way.
  • These images may not be used in any way which is unlawful or deceptive or which damages the good name or reputation of the National Portrait Gallery, the artist or the persons depicted in the images.
  • This licence confers no copyright or proprietary right in these images.

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