Research and Imaging Services
The Art Department provides reference services and makes its collections of artworks from the 17th century to the present accessible for study by artists and researchers. We also provide information about botanical artists and illustrators. The collection is available for on-site use, by prior appointment and subject to restrictions placed upon materials by the Institute. We also offer PDFs of information in the collections for research purposes and digital images of out-of-copyright artwork for publication.
When you request a digital image, the curator will need to know the following: image use, format and size, date needed and delivery method. For descriptions of the available options, please see the Research and imaging services page. Then contact the curator to request a service or schedule a research visit.
We do not provide appraisals of artwork and recommend your consulting an art appraiser or art gallery in your region. With a digital image we may be able to tell you the publication source, but it is not always possible to determine the technique. Please contact us before sending images as email attachments. We are not prepared to make authentications.