About Lebrecht

Bridgeman acquires specialist music and arts agency LEBRECHT Photo Library

Bridgeman is proud and excited to announce the acquisition of Lebrecht Photo Library, the world’s largest image bank for classical music and related arts, with a collection of over 400,000 specialist images.

Lebrecht is the world's most comprehensive image bank for every kind of music ever created  - classical music, jazz, opera, rock music, musical instruments, notation, Broadway musicals, dance and ballet. It also has an extensive archive for literature and historical personalities. 

The core collection covers every aspect of the lives and works of composers and authors, the concert halls and coffee houses where they worked, the societies they lived in - from Chopin to Chagall, Pink Floyd to Stalin, Plato to Nabokov.

This collection is perfectly aligned with Bridgeman’s Art, Culture and Historic archive that is unmatched in the world today for licensing. 

This acquisition of Lebrecht comes hot on the heels of the historical agreement with MiBACT, the Italian Ministry of Cultural Heritage and Activities and Tourism which includes 439 Italian museums and cultural sites, the acquisition of Rue des Archives French photography collection, and winning the tender to be the exclusive editorial and commercial licensing partner in the UK for the British Library.      

Bridgeman’s expansion also includes a new office in Italy and an International team that continues to grow and develop direct client partnerships around the world in all commercial sectors.


Victoria Bridgeman, CEO, said,

"We are delighted to be taking on the Lebrecht collection which we have always admired, and I hope we can now offer these wonderful images to an even wider audience."

If you have any questions regarding this acquisition, please do not hesitate to contact us.


The world's leading specialists in the distribution of fine art, cultural and historical media for reproduction. Rights managed, managed right


Founded in 1972, Bridgeman Images works with museums, galleries, collections and artists to provide a central resource of fine art and archive footage for reproduction to creative professionals. Every subject, concept, style and medium is represented, from the masterpieces of national museums to the hidden treasures of private collections.  Spanning centuries of visual communication, photographic reproductions of paintings, sculpture, textiles, maps and anthropological artefacts can all be found in the collection as well as newer forms of media including early photography, newsreels and documentaries.  High resolution images and clips are accessible for users all over the world; each one has been meticulously catalogued with industry leading metadata and key-word functions to give a search experience that is second-to-none for professionals and novices alike.
Dreams, c.1861 (w/c, bodycolour and gum over graphite on card) (see 133888) by Burton, Sir Frederick William (1816-1900)


The Lemon, 1880 (oil on canvas) by Edouard Manet


Our images are used in hundreds of different ways. From book covers to advertising campaigns, interior design to editorial content as well as websites, mobile apps and more.  Our website allows you to explore the collection in depth with quick and advanced search facilities. We also provide a full research service whereby our researchers can select images and clips to suit your requirements.  Exciting new content is being added to our website every day. Can't find what you are looking for? Contact our offices in London, Paris, New York and Berlin and we will work with our partner museums and archives to source what you need.

Information for artists and galleries

For over forty years, Bridgeman Images has provided a service for artists and artists' estates, clearing copyright and reproduction rights on their behalf.

Bridgeman Images represents thousands of image suppliers - more than any other agency - including:




stately homes


private collections





picture libraries

Often, we photograph their work specifically to make their images available for reproduction. Bridgeman pioneered the model of returning a percentage of licensed income to partner image suppliers to help them conserve and exhibit their works.

Small Yellow Bird, 2001 (oil on canvas) by Craigie Aitchison (b.1926)





The Bridgeman Artists' Copyright Service (BACS)

The Bridgeman Artists' Copyright Service is a service to artists and their estates to administer their copyright and sell reproduction licenses for their work. Our clients benefit from being able to pay in a single transaction for a reasonably priced license for both artist and photographic copyright.

Bridgeman Copyright Artists & Estates

Artists and their estates join BACS in order to take advantage of our expertise and commercial awareness. Working with Bridgeman gives them the unique ability to have their copyright licensing policed and their images promoted to our international client base.

Some artists place a selection of images with us and grant us rights to license those specific images at our discretion. Others place their whole copyright with us for administration. This flexibility in working with artists' differing preferences has allowed us to build up a body of images that clients find compelling.

See all Bridgeman Copyright Artists

Museums & Collections

For over forty years Bridgeman Images has been working with museums from around the world. From large museums to galleries, historical societies to universities, many of the treasures in these collections had never been made readily accessible to a wider audience until they were photographed specifically for Bridgeman to make available for reproduction. As with the artists we represent, Bridgeman passes along 50% of the reproduction fee back to the museum or collection in order to provide vital revenue for conservation and future exhibitions.

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Leisure Hours, 1684 (oil on canvas) by Sir John Everett Millais (1829-96)/ The Detroit Institute of Arts, USA/ Founders Society Purchase, R.H. Tannahill Foundation fund


Hare, 1502 (w/c on paper) by Durer or Duerer, Albrecht (1471-1528)


Bridgeman Philosophy

Our ambition: to make the best of the world's art available for reproduction while supporting museums, artists and collections

How we do this

Through the size and range of our image collection: from cave painting to contemporary art, hundreds of thousands of images covering every theme and period, from collections throughout the world

Through our team of expert picture researchers, who offer creative input and practical experience to help our customers find and license the right image

Who benefits?

We provide vital revenue for museums and art owners, helping them to conserve and exhibit their works for everyone to enjoy

How it works

Museums and public and private collections throughout the world trust Bridgeman Images to administer the licensing of their works

We work with the owners to create high quality reproductions of their works, using the latest technology to create images that are easy to work with and accurately catalogued

As our collection grows, our experts use their experience and judgement to select from Bridgeman's vast resource, working with our customers to help them find the right image

Once an image is chosen, we arrange watertight reproduction licensing simply and quickly, and offer free advice on how to clear artist's copyright if additional permission is needed

Where we work with the owner of the work being reproduced we pass on 50% of the reproduction fee to help maintain the world's great art and make it accessible

We are involved at every stage so that we can achieve our ambition to make the best of the world's art available for reproduction. We also lobby for legislation on behalf of rights owners and licensees to make the process even more efficient.


Parau Api (What's New?) 1892 (oil on canvas) by Gauguin, Paul (1848-1903)



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