Image rights & reproduction

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Gainsborough’s House encourages the dissemination and use of photographs of our collection held in our Image Library and published on our Collection Online website.

Images and permissions can be obtained directly through Gainsborough’s House, by following the guidance below.

Non-commercial Use

We allow the non-commercial use of our images, free of charge, on the condition that users comply with the following terms and conditions:

  • To use the following credit alongside the reproduction: Image courtesy of Gainsborough’s House, Sudbury, Suffolk
  • Alterations: if only part of the image is reproduced, to use a caption which makes this clear (e.g. ‘Detail from…’). To obtain written permission from Gainsborough’s House for all other alterations.
  • To take responsibility for obtaining additional clearances if the images are implicated by third-party copyright or intellectual property rights (e.g. images of the work of an artist still living or who died less than 70 years ago).

Examples of what we consider to be non-commercial use: use in educational lectures, classroom use, reproduction within a student thesis, social media, use in websites if they are academic or research-orientated and not linked to any commercial activity, display within a free-entry public space, including museums and galleries.

We also grant free usage to some scholarly publications. For more information on this, please contact

Commercial Use

For information on licensing images for commercial use (broadly anything that is charged for), please contact providing as many of the following details of the intended use as possible:

  • Title/Author (if applicable)
  • Publisher/Producer/Broadcaster
  • Date of publication/release
  • Print run/number of units
  • Image size and position e.g. 1/2 page, front cover
  • Languages/territorial distribution
  • Digital rights – format details and licence period required.

Examples of commercial use: books, textbooks, exhibition catalogues, periodicals, advertising, a commercial organisation’s website, films, television and products such as stationery.