Bridgeman Art Library Renews Contract With Christie’s

The Bridgeman Art Library confirms that it has renewed its longstanding relationship with Christies’s auction house


The Bridgeman Art Library, the world’s leading source of fine art, cultural and historical images, is delighted to announce its renewed relationship with Christie’s and enhanced access to its vast image collection.

Bridgeman can now offer you a new service sourcing images directly from the archive on your behalf.

As one of the world’s leading auction houses, Christie’s has seen some of the greatest and rarest artworks pass through its salesrooms. Founded in 1766 by James Christie, Christie’s is the world’s oldest fine art auction house holding over 450 auction sales annually in more than 80 categories of art and collectibles. For over thirty years many of those artworks have been photographed to the highest quality by Christie’s photographers and a huge archive has been built up estimated to include over a million colour transparencies and at least another million digital images. The library continues to grow with over 150,000 pictures added every year making it an extensive and unique resource not only for historical imagery, fine and decorative art but also style, colour, pattern, design and so much more.

Available from the collection is a wide selection of images from the Old Masters, British 18th Century, 19th Century Victorian and Pre-Raphaelite artists; European, Impressionist, Expressionist, Modern and Contemporary paintings; designer and antique furniture, sculpture, historical artefacts and sporting memorabilia; stained glass from the famous Tiffany workshops; exotic Chinese and Japanese artworks in ceramic and watercolour; and some of the most unusual and striking jewels and gem stones.

“We are proud and delighted that Christie’s has chosen to reaffirm their long-standing partnership with the Bridgeman Art Library. This trusted relationship that goes back over thirty years continues to go from strength to strength,” said Harriet Bridgeman, founder of the Bridgeman Art Library. “The Christie’s Images archive is a unique and precious resource to which the Bridgeman Art Library brings expert and sympathetic handling. I believe that we are ideally placed obtain the required copyright clearances and market these many thousands of wonderful images to an international audience.”

Bridgeman can obtain scans and information for anything not currently available on our website, giving clients unprecedented access to this world-class image collection. View a sample of the wealth of images now available through or email your research request to

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