Public Domain Use Victorian Era/Victorian-esque Art?
July 8, 2014 3:30 PM Subscribe
Hear me out before you say "Just google it" -- I do plenty of google-shopping for images and generally find low-res crappy images that are not necessarily what I'm looking for. I am looking for Victorian/19th century images. They must be high resolution and they are preferably in the public domain. I plan on using them for mixed media collages -- mostly just for myself and friends/gifts and not for profit, however, I've been offered space in an art booth and I may end up using images for commercial gain. More details behind the cut.
posted by camylanded to Media & Arts (15 answers total) 23 users marked this as a favorite
I have found a few that were questionable. I wish I could say to a T what I'm looking for here, however, I'm not necessarily sure since it's just a picture in my head. I really enjoy old advertisements, old wedding photos, and also old illustrations. Many of the best illustrations I've seen have been in old now-defunct journals. The biggest problem is that I don't know how many of these still have a copyright and many of them are low-res and therefore not suitable to print for my purposes. While it's a different era, I'm also obsessed with Art Deco to give you further ideas. I would prefer to get these for free, however, if there are good mass amounts of images, depending on what I can find, I may be willing to put funding towards it. Obviously with a collage I'm essentially mashing up multiple images. Any kind of advice you can give me on how to better find what I'm looking for would be fantastic, because again, my Google search is no longer cutting it.
So I'm specifically again looking for:
=advice on public domain: if you're selling collage items on things like Etsy, how do you handle this? As a side note, I see many sellers at art fairs that are selling those hollowed books -- how is it this is legal and yet I can't use a small portion of an image for a collage?
=Resources, such as websites, what exactly I should be searching for (perhaps free domain image search engines??), books, anything that may help aid me.
= I've also purchased some antique books and magazines in the past for this use, but I feel horrible tearing up these and most of them are so brittle that unless I scan them and use them that way, they tear too easily.