Collogravure illustration © Retro Graphics Ltd
Collogravure illustration
© Retro Graphics Ltd

After nearly three years gestation the direct download image web site,, has gone live.

Retrograph offers a unique collection of classic graphic design images spanning 100 years of retrospective publicity work, dating from the mid eighteen hundreds to the middle of the twentieth century.

Currently, there are approximately 2,500 images available for immediate download, split across 72 categories. More images are being added on a daily basis and new categories will be added regularly.

Retrograph was first established some 25 years ago by Jilliana and Martin Breese and is a picture library that extensively specialises in publicity designs that have been created by commercial artists throughout the past one hundred and fifty years.

It is a unique collection of designs that promote products, services, events and occasions and these images have been recorded photographically from the original prints, still retaining the qualities of the variety of printed methods that were used in their reproduction.

The collection features some of the greatest and finest and most colourful examples of these artists’ work and the images also reflect all of the art movements that became popular throughout the 20th century.

The collection evokes an age when the skills and craftsmanship of image making was at its best, when artists of exceptional talent and imagination applied their craft to the promotion of business via the explosion of the colour printing medium and advertising. The skills can be seen in the drawing and the exquisite use of colour and are a reflection of outstanding dedication to this supreme design/art of the twentieth century and the evolution of the graphic designers and their importance in today’s marketing globally.

Retrograph have been digitising the collection over the past two years or more and so far there are around 2,500 available, but this is just a start to this important collection as there are still many thousands of images in the pipeline ready for digitisation.

If you would like more information regarding images in the library either go to or contact Retrograph by email ( and they will help you find the work that suits your organisation. goes live
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