Download these curated 18th-20th century illustrations for free


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Old Book Illustrations has illustrations free for download, dating from the 18th Century to the first quarter of the 20th century. Victorian and French Romantic illustrations are the main focus of the site, offering a wide variety of subjects and artists.

Content is organized for easy searching. Illustrations are grouped into these search categories:

  • Artists
  • Engravers
  • Formats
  • Publishers
  • Subjects
  • Techniques
  • Titles
  • Publisher
  • Language
  • Date of birth

Illustrations are in color, monochrome and black and white. Some of the subjects are animals, buildings and monuments, humor, landscapes, places, narratives, ornaments and patterns, people, plants, and science and technology.
Old Book Illustrations has opted to restore illustrations so they are close as possible to the perfect print the artist probably had in mind. The raw scan files are not totally unprocessed: they have usually been straightened in an image editor (with no other changes) for anyone interested in the originals. Download sizes are 768 px, 864 px, 1200 px, 1600 px and the raw scan.

This is a nicely curated collection of images from a certain time frame and era, all in the public domain, and are free to download and use as you wish.

Old Book Illustrations

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Thank you, rhiannon! :-)

You're more than welcome, I'm glad you like it. :)