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FAQs: How we work with artists and estates

What is Bridgeman Copyright?

Bridgeman Copyright is the copyright administration service offered by Bridgeman Images.

We offer artists and estates a complete service for handling the administration and licensing of their artistic copyright.

Bridgeman Images works with over 30,000 clients to license an archive of over three million images. We represent over a thousand artists; of these, 200 high profile artists and estates are part of our Bridgeman Copyright service.

Brigitte Bardot, 1968 (screenprint), Gerald Laing,  (1936-2011) / Private Collection / Photo © The Fine Art Society, London, UK / Bridgeman Images


Sandra, 1968 (screenprint), Gerald Laing, (1936-2011) / Private Collection / Bridgeman Images


How can I join Bridgeman Copyright?

We welcome enquiries from artists and estates wishing to learn more about our copyright licensing service. We would be delighted to meet with you to discuss the options available.


Please call or email:

Aretha Campbell

Bridgeman Artists Manager

Tel. +44 (0)20 7908 1607



Sunrise (gouache), John Miller (1931-2002) / Private Collection / Bridgeman Images


Morning Choice, 1968 (acrylic on marine mahogany plywood), Anne Truitt,  (1921-2004) / Saint Louis Art Museum, Missouri, USA / Gift of Mrs. Marcella Louis Brenner / Bridgeman Images


I am a trustee acting on behalf of a deceased artist. Would we be eligible to join Bridgeman Copyright?

We represent many artists’ estates. We are experienced in working with heirs, estates, trustees, executors, lawyers, multiple beneficiaries and charities.


Do you clear copyright only within the UK?

We license an artist’s copyright throughout the world and we represent artists and estates from all over the world.


© Anne Desmet, All Rights Reserved / Bridgeman Images

Would Bridgeman Copyright license only those works placed with Bridgeman Images?

By joining the Bridgeman Copyright service you are appointing Bridgeman Images to license copyright for the entirety of the artist’s oeuvre.


How does Bridgeman Copyright protect an artist’s copyright?

When licensing an artist’s copyright we ensure a tight contract that ensures clarity in regard to the specific rights granted.


Girl with a Kitten, 1947 (oil on canvas), Lucian Freud, (1922-2011) / Private Collection / © The Lucian Freud Archive / Bridgeman Images


 Dylan Thomas (1914-53), c.1937-38 (oil on canvas), Augustus Edwin John (1878-1961) / National Museum Wales / Bridgeman Images


What is the scale of your client base, and which sectors do you license to?

We work with over 30,000 clients worldwide, through our offices in London, New York, Paris and Berlin as well as a global network of agents.

The core of our licensing activity is within the publishing and editorial sectors – print and digital. Other important sectors include paper products, including greetings cards and calendars, television and film, advertising and design.


The Tube Train, c.1934 (linocut), Cyril Edward Power (1874-1951) / Private Collection / © Redfern Gallery, London / Bridgeman Images

How does Bridgeman let interested parties know about the artists whom they represent?

Through targeted communications and marketing to clients and other relevant bodies. We circulate a full list of the artists on a regular basis. Those lists are available on the area of the Bridgeman websites dedicated to Bridgeman Copyright.


Artists' List


Scallop, 2003 (stainless steel), Maggi Hambling, (b.1945) / Aldeburgh beach, Suffolk, UK / Bridgeman Images

How do you promote the artists whom you represent?

For over forty years Bridgeman has been a distinctive and authoritative voice in the world of image licensing. Where we are unique is in being able to offer artists and estates a dynamic and proactive licensing service using images from thousands of collections around the world.

When communicating with our clients we theme content based on forthcoming events, anniversaries, seasons, etc. Work by Bridgeman Copyright artists can be prioritised because of the attractive one-stop licensing possibilities.


The Nativity, 1912 (oil on canvas stuck onto plywood panel), Stanley Spencer (1891-1959) / © UCL Art Museum, University College London, UK / Bridgeman Images


How will clients find my images?

Every artist and estate whom we represent has their own dedicated page on the Bridgeman Images website where we display all the images that we hold.

A typical Bridgeman client will be searching by subject, so ‘keywording’ of the images that we provide is vital for steering them towards an artist’s work.


What costs are associated with me joining Bridgeman Copyright?

There is no fee payable for joining Bridgeman, nor are there any other membership costs.


Winter Evening, John Northcote Nash (1893-1977) / © Worthing Museum and Art Gallery, Sussex, UK / Bridgeman Images


How does Bridgeman Copyright structure fees for copyright and licensing?

At Bridgeman we charge the client a ‘Copyright Fee’ for the licence relating to the artist’s copyright. And we charge what we call a ‘Reproduction Fee’ for the licence to reproduce the high resolution image file.

Fees are calculated depending upon how the image is reproduced. The calculation takes into account (i) territory, (ii) the number of images required, (iii) the media required, (iv) length of licence, (v) the size of the image.


What would the artist and estate receive for image uses?

The artist or estate receive 75% of the copyright fee we charge a client

In addition to this, the artist or estate receive 50% of the reproduction fee we charge a client.

We pay our artists and estates on a quarterly basis above a threshold of £50.00. Accompanying each payment is a detailed statement outlining which image was used, the client, the specific use and the amount earned for that usage.


Budgies (oil on board), Fred Cuming, (b.1930) / Private Collection / Courtesy of Manya Igel Fine Arts, London / Bridgeman Images

How do I place images with the archive for image licensing?

We require high-resolution digital files, which should ideally have been taken professionally. We are happy to consider colour transparencies when digital photography does not exist, however, scanning costs may be incurred.

We are happy to receive image files on disc, drive or via a file sharing site, such as WeTransfer or Dropbox. Images should be accompanied by full captions, ideally delivered in a spreadsheet listing the title, date, medium and dimensions (cms).


What are your image file requirements?

We favour JPEGs, although TIFFs are acceptable.

Files should be at least 3,000 pixels on one side.


Colour Space: RGB rather than CMYK

Colour Profile: sRGB or Adobe RGB

Colour Ratio: 24 bit (8 per channel)

The preferred format for delivering images to Bridgeman Images is via All images must be accompanied by a clear metadata document detailing the title, date and medium for all images.


Bird, Bush and Yellow Sun, Autumn, 1961 (oil on canvas), John Houston (BACS) / Private Collection / Bridgeman Images


I have usage restrictions on some of my images. Does this prevent me from placing images with Bridgeman?


No. We can apply specific restrictions to images. For example, if there is an extant exclusive licence with a greetings card company.


The Road Not Taken, 2016 (oil on panel) , Max Ferguson / Private Collection / Bridgeman Images


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