Rights & Reproductions

The National Portrait Gallery’s permanent collections of paintings, sculpture, prints, drawings, and photographs document the diversity of individuals who have shaped the history and culture of the United States. The National Portrait Gallery is committed to making its collections accessible and available to researchers, publishers, and the general public in support of scholarship, education, and personal enrichment. High-resolution digital images can be requested through the Office of Rights and Reproductions by filling out our Image Request Form.

Contact Us

The Office of Rights & Reproductions
National Portrait Gallery
PO Box 37012 MRC 973
Washington, DC 20013-7012


Image Request Form

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Frequently Asked Questions

How do I obtain permission to use an image from the National Portrait Gallery’s collection for nonprofit or commercial use?

To request permission to reproduce artwork from the National Portrait Gallery for a publication, exhibition, website, etc., please fill out the Image Request Form Our Rights and Reproductions Specialist will contact you in a timely manner regarding your request.

What if I want an image for personal or classroom use?

The National Portrait Gallery is moving toward an open access policy for its collections in the public domain. In accordance with the U.S. Copyright Act of 1976, 17 U.S. Code § 107, we do not object to the “fair use” of copyrighted material available on our website or collection database for nonprofit educational purposes. The National Portrait Gallery encourages users to download images from its website for personal or classroom use, without written permission, within the meaning of the principles of “fair use.” Please visit the Smithsonian Institution’s Terms of Use for more information about allowable uses.

What is the cost of ordering high-resolution digital reproductions?

The National Portrait Gallery makes available, without charge, all digital reproductions for nonprofit, commercial, and personal use.

What is your turnaround time for processing?

NPG will provide images in a timely manner, as long as the image is in the public domain or unrestricted and a high-resolution digital copy exists. If new photography is required, please allow up to 3–5 weeks from the date of request. Copyrighted or restricted images will require additional clearances by the requestor, delaying processing until copyright is cleared.

Does the National Portrait Gallery hold the copyright to all images within its collection?

Although the National Portrait Gallery may own a specific piece of art, the artist or his/her estate may still hold the copyright to reproduce the work. Copyright permission must be obtained before the National Portrait Gallery can agree to the publication of an image. Search our online collection database to learn if an image you would like to request from the permanent collection has copyright restrictions. For more information about the copyright status of a specific work in our collection, please fill out the Image Request Form or contact the Office of Rights and Reproductions.

Do you provide printed reproductions of items in your collection?

No, the National Portrait Gallery only provides digital files of works of art in the permanent collection.

Do you request a gratis copy of the publication in which I have used a Portrait Gallery image?

The Portrait Gallery requires a complimentary copy of any publication and, if applicable, e-book reproducing its images. Mail printed copies to National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution, Office of Rights and Reproductions, MRC 973, PO Box 37012, Washington, DC, 20013.