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Asia: Prints, Drawings and Photographs

The British Library holds one of the world's richest archives of prints, drawings, paintings and photographs from India and other parts of Asia. This page gives information about our main collection of images of and from Asia, which is held in the Prints, Drawings and Photographs Section of the Asia, Pacific and Africa Collections (APAC). These unique holdings originate mainly from the library of the British East India Company and the India Office, although acquisitions continue to be made.

 

The coat of arms of the East India Company, c.1730.

The coat of arms of the East India Company, c.1730. F 886. Copyright © The British Library Board

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The collections are made up of about 250,000 photographs, 12,000 drawings by Indian artists, 16,000 drawings by European artists and a sizeable collection of paintings, sculpture, furniture and ephemera. You can view some of these images in the British Library's Images Online database. Alternatively, images can be found in the British Library’s Online Gallery.

Researchers who want to consult catalogues of APAC Prints, Drawings and Photographs should search our online database of India Office Select Materials or look in our published catalogues.

To view items held in APAC Prints Drawings and Photographs, prospective readers must first register for a reader pass. You must then contact us directly to book an appointment in the Print Room.

To order a reproduction of an item held in the APAC Prints, Drawings and Photographs section, please contact Imaging Services.

The British Library also holds images of Asia in the general manuscript holdings of the Asia, Pacific and Africa Collections, for which see the country pages relevant to your enquiry. See also, in particular, the Maps and Manuscripts Collections.

 

Catalogues and guides to the collections

How to view visual materials from the Asia, Pacific and Africa Collections

Contact

Prints, Drawings and Photographs Section
Asia, Pacific and Africa Collections
The British Library
96 Euston Road
London
NW1 2DB
United Kingdom

Tel: +44 (0)20 7412 7856/7327/7663
Fax: +44 (0)20 7412 7641

E-mail: apac-prints@bl.uk