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Photographic Resources

The Peabody Essex Museum is pleased to offer photographic images of objects in its ten curatorial departments, the Phillips Library, and its extensive photographic archive.

The country’s oldest continuously-operating museum and one of New England’s largest, the Peabody Essex holds an internationally renowned maritime collection; four centuries of American Decorative Arts; art from China, Japan, Korea, India, and the Pacific Islands; and one of the world’s largest and most important collections of Asian decorative arts produced for the Western market. The museum also features a photographic archive of more than one million rare and vintage prints-from the world’s largest collection of nineteenth-century images of Asia to an outstanding collection of nineteenth- and twentieth-century maritime photographs.

Wine Cup, 19th century. Gift of Mrs. Charles Loring.
Wine Cup, 19th century. Gift of Mrs. Charles Loring.

Images of objects, paintings, drawings, works on paper, maps, ship plans, historical photographs, and illustrations from books and manuscripts are available from the photographic services department for personal, educational, institutional, or commercial purposes.* Choose from color photographic prints, black and white prints, 35mm slides, or electronic scans. Color transparencies (4x5) are available for rental purposes.

* Selected images in the Peabody Essex Museum collections are not available for reproduction.

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If you have any questions or need additional information, please e-mail the photographic services department at the Peabody Essex Museum. If you would like to view photographs from the Photo Archvies, please make an appointment with the Archivists.

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