Theatre History: Imagery Resources


  • Database of high-quality images of paintings, sculpture, pottery, historical clothing, historical photographs, etc.
  • Can look for name of play or playwright
  • Can look for “painting” or “portrait” and limit to desired time period
  • Can look for theme, such as “death” or “love”
  • The “i” icon will provide more information about the painting including the author and title, which you’ll need for your citation.
  • You’ll need to set up a username and password and be logged in in order to download images

Google Images

  • Advanced features: can limit images by size, color, etc.
  • Use the “go to image” button to get URL for your citation

Other Sources:

  • Books
    • Reference books (see Credo and Reference Universe databases)
    • Catalog: Books in our library
      • Books whose call numbers begin with a lower-case “f” are in the Oversize (folio) collection and are more likely to have many pictures
  • WorldCat: Books in other libraries that can be obtained through Interlibrary Loan
  • Period clothing:
    • Browsing areas in GT and TT in the Reference and General collections
  • Films on Demand (database)
  • YouTube
  • Britannica (database)
  • Credo Reference (database)

Remember to think creatively and abstractly to find imagery to portray the feeling of the play.

The multipurpose printers can easily scan and email high-quality images from books. Please ask for help if needed.