Images from the John Johnson Collection

The John Johnson Collection is a rich image resource. In recent years, we have improved our access to the iconographic content of the material, increasingly indexing images using Library of Congress Thesaurus for Graphic Materials and Iconclass.

You can check what has been catalogued and digitised in our list of catalogued and digitised sections.

Image sources

You can find images via the projects and sites listed below.

Online catalogue

The online catalogue now has thumbnails accompanying the records (c. 9,000 images). The images are standard JPEG files.


ProQuest: The John Johnson Collection: an archive of printed ephemera includes 67,754 documents and 174,196 images.

The images can be zoomed, viewed with scale and downloaded as JPEGs or PDFs. The JPEG view enables hit-highlighting of search results. The Bodleian holds higher-quality TIFF images, which can be ordered through Imaging Services.

This project is free to all within the UK. Outside the UK it is available through institutional subscription only. Free trials can be requested by institutions.


The VADS database enables cross-searching of the Political Cartoons and Trades and Professions prints in the John Johnson Collection with other collections.

Digital Bodleian

Digital Bodleian includes Board Games and Writing Blanks, and 18th Century Entertainment. You can zoom in and out of images, save them in 'collections', download them, and tweet and email them.

Online exhibitions

Our online exhibitions display images from exhibitions based on the collection. These include:

Use of images

In all cases, you may download single copies of these images for research only. You may not reproduce them without the permission of the Bodleian Library.

Learn more about ordering images, reproducing images and taking photos on our images and photography page.