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Retrograph Keeps Growing

Posted on: November 3rd, 2014 by admin No Comments

Since the launch in July of the new web site,, the collection has been expanding steadily. Retrograph offers a unique collection of graphic design and commercial art images, to which we have recently added new categories, including Architectural Engravings, Famous Faces, Ladies Fashion and Magazines & Periodicals. We have also added newly sourced images in several other categories. There are new additions in particular to Film Stars, with a selection of 1950s profiles, Tourism, with a great range of LNER posters from the 1930s and War with a sobering French collection of first world war images.

The Retrograph collection was borne out of a deep interest in the talent of the commercial art and graphic design sectors. It dates back to the early eighteen hundreds and covers a wide range of artistic and graphic styles, reflecting the period of their creation. The collection evokes an age when the skills and craftsmanship of image making was at its best, with outstanding use of colour and drawing skills on display, some of which are produced by leading artists in their field at the time.

For more information on our images please visit our web site,, or email with your requirements.

We continue to update the collection daily so ensure you don’t miss out, visit the site regularly.

For further information contact David Bull or Alan Swann at Retrograph on 01992 579919

s10RGL061Randolph Scott and Lucille Norman in Carson City, 1952


s93RGL007Arturo Toscanini, musical conductor, 1952


s41RGL003Boys Own featuring girls playing football, 1945


s157HRGL007Principle staircase in the New Town Hall, Vienna, 1850


Retrograph Goes Live

Posted on: October 28th, 2014 by admin No Comments

s41RGL003After 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.

Although the Retrograph collection was a most popular source of images for publishers, designers and other industries over the years the library ceased offering the work a few years ago when it became a standard for the images to be digitised for ease of access by clients wishing to obtain them. We at Retrograph have been working on the library images, digitising the collection over the past two years or more and so far there are around 2,500 available that are shown in 72 categories on our new website ( This is just a start to this important collection as there are still many thousands of images in the pipeline ready for digitisation that we are working on or preparing to work on.

We are producing new sections and uploading new images to our site on an ongoing basis and eventually we aim to have many more thousands of images for you to choose from on our website.

If you would like more information regarding the images we hold in the library either go to our website ( and check out the images there or contact us by email ( and we will help you find the work that suits your organisation.

For further information contact:
Alan Swann or David Bull
Retro Graphics Ltd
01992 579919

Be the first to see our new images

Posted on: June 26th, 2012 by admin No Comments

We have 1000s more Classic Retro poster images that we will be releasing as we process and catalogue them.

Keep up to date with the new additions by joining our Email Club and receive email updates when new images and categories are added to Retro Wall Art.

To sign up go to our Gallery and enter your name and email on the right hand side.

Art Deco Images

Posted on: June 21st, 2012 by admin No Comments

Our first category is Art Deco.

Containing 14 mostly abstract images this make excellent large format wall posters. Some are especially suited to being mounted rather than framed. The make a bold statement and can provide a ‘splash of colour’ in light featureless rooms.

Art Deco Poster Images

A Wide Selection of Classic Retro Images

Posted on: June 19th, 2012 by admin No Comments

We have 1000s of classic retro poster images. Rather than throw them all at you at once we are hand picking them in small batches.

Part of the reason for this is that we need to process and catalogue the images before they can be made available so it will take us some time to work our way through all of them.

For now we have broken them down into the following categories:

So why not check them out?

Retro Wall Art is now Live!

Posted on: May 14th, 2012 by admin No Comments

If you’re looking for high quality mounted or framed Wall Art then look no further.

Here at Retro Wall Art we have an excellent selection of classic poster images in a variety of styles and categories.

Why not check out our Gallery?