Picture Library

World's largest maritime image collection

Highlights

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Star signs & constellations
Star signs & constellations

Charting the heavens

Seascapes and Harbour Views
Seascapes and Harbour Views

Paintings and Sketches by John Everett

Picture Library Favourites
Picture Library Favourites

Our pick of images from the collection

The Battle of Jutland, 1916
The Battle of Jutland, 1916

WWI's Greatest Sea Battle

Lunar Exploration
Lunar Exploration

Images and observations of the moon

Gibson's of Scilly Shipwreck Collection
Gibson's of Scilly Shipwreck Collection

Black and white shipwreck photographs

Sir John Franklin
Sir John Franklin

Relics of Franklin's last expedition 1845-1848

Nicholas Pocock
Nicholas Pocock

A leading British painter of naval and marine subjects

Museum in Winter
Museum in Winter

Seasonal images of Royal Museums Greenwich and surrounding area

Waterline
Waterline

Images from the golden age of cruise travel

16th & 17th Century Historical Portraits
16th & 17th Century Historical Portraits

From our fine art collection

'Cutty Sark' (1869)
'Cutty Sark' (1869)

The worlds last surviving tea clipper and one of Britains greatest maritime treasures

Dazzle Ships
Dazzle Ships

World War 2 Dazzle Ships

Polar Relics
Polar Relics

Objects from the Franklin expedition

Summer Time at Sea
Summer Time at Sea

Sun, Sea, Sand

Captain James Cook (1728-1779)
Captain James Cook (1728-1779)

'The most able and enlightened navigator that England ever produced.'

Of time and stars
Of time and stars

Explore the history of astronomy and time with beautiful scientific instruments, paintings and drawings

The Arab World
The Arab World

The Middle East and North Africa

Napoleon Bonaparte
Napoleon Bonaparte

As one of the most successful generals of the revolutionary armies, then French head of state, Napoleon was the personification of all that Britain was fighting against.

China and Britain
China and Britain

Explore historical connections between Britain and China

The Queen's House
The Queen's House

Inigo Jones designed the Queen's House, Greenwich, and inspired English Palladianism with his beautiful building, the first Classical building in England.

Greenwich past & present
Greenwich past & present

In paintings, prints and photographs

Lady Emma Hamilton
Lady Emma Hamilton

Emma and Vice-Admiral Horatio Nelson began their famous love affair after the Battle of the Nile in 1798 and lasted to his death at Trafalgar seven years later

Samuel Pepys
Samuel Pepys

One of the most colourful and appealing characters of 17th-century Britain

Charts and maps
Charts and maps

The National Maritime Museum collections contain more than 100,000 sea charts and maps dating from the medieval period to the present day

To the ends of the earth
To the ends of the earth

Life and travel in extreme conditions

War Artists at Sea
War Artists at Sea

Showcasing the very best of Royal Museums Greenwich’s collection of First and Second World War art

300th Anniversary of the Longitude Act
300th Anniversary of the Longitude Act

Ships, Clocks and Stars: the Quest for Longitude

Pirates
Pirates

Buccaneers, treasure, dastardly deeds aplenty

Eric Ravilious
Eric Ravilious

In February 1940, Eric Ravilious (1903–42), became one of the first war artists to be appointed by the WAAC.

War at sea
War at sea

From the Spanish Armada to the Opium Wars, witness naval warfare across the centuries

The Spanish Armada of 1588
The Spanish Armada of 1588

'Grande y Felicísima Armada' sent by King Philip II to overthrow Elizabeth I of England

John Kingsley Cook
John Kingsley Cook

John Kingsley Cook was not an official war artist, but his championing of the merchant navy is depicted through on-the-spot sketches, contemporary to the events he experienced

Richard Sibley
Richard Sibley

A keen sailor with a passion for photographing Tall Ships

Guiding Lights:
Guiding Lights:

500 Years of Trinity House and Safety at Sea

HMS 'Belfast' (1938)
HMS 'Belfast' (1938)

Ship plans of Royal Navy light cruiser HMS 'Belfast' (C35) (1938)

RMS 'Titanic' (1912)
RMS 'Titanic' (1912)

The ill-fated passenger liner in pictures

Tall Ships
Tall Ships

Contemporary maritime photography by Richard Sibley

Slavery: The Triangular Trade
Slavery: The Triangular Trade

Relics and images of the Atlantic slave trade

Sons of Sindbad: dhow voyages in Arabia, 1938-1939
Sons of Sindbad: dhow voyages in Arabia, 1938-1939

Photographs by Alan John Villiers (1903-1982)

Trade and empire
Trade and empire

From Africa to Australia and Canada to China, trace three centuries of globalisation, encounters and exchange

The Last of the Wind Ships
The Last of the Wind Ships

Photographs by Alan John Villiers (1903-1982)

Edward Lear sketches
Edward Lear sketches

A Victorian traveller in Egypt