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About the Picture Library

The Government Art Collection has a substantial library of images of works in its care, and these images are available for commercial reproduction or personal use. However, it should be noted that while most of the collection has been photographed in colour, some works have never been photographed and others have been photographed only in black and white. Please also note that reproduction may be limited by copyright. We now have an online payment system to enable faster processing of applications.

The Romance of the Civil Service (Charge Sheet) by R B Kitaj

R B KITAJ - The Romance of the Civil Service (Charge Sheet) 1967. This screenprint forms part of a group of works in which unusual book titles are juxtaposed with seemingly unrelated images. In this case, Samuel McKechnie's 1930 book on the civil service has provided the inspiration.

How to apply for photographic material

Before applying for photographic material, please download the following documents offering guidance on how to obtain and use GAC images and providing information about charges.

Now please follow the instructions set out below:

1)  Download the appropriate application form

The files listed above are written in Acrobat PDF format and require Adobe Acrobat Reader to view them.


Return the completed application form either by fax (020 7580 9130), or by post to

The Government Art Collection
Department for Culture, Media and Sport
2-4 Cockspur Street


On receipt of your completed application form we will send you an invoice and additional information. We will also issue a Reproduction Agreement to confirm the use of the image (where necessary).


When you receive your invoice, payment can be made by one of the following methods: cheque, bank transfer or credit card on our online payments page. Please note that to pay online via credit card you will need to enter your agreement and invoice numbers in order to complete the process. Your agreement number can be found on your invoice.


When we have received your payment we will dispatch your items.



Even if a work of art appears on this website, photographic material may not necessarily be available in every instance.


GAC reserve the right to refuse any application for reproduction where reasonably necessary, including by reason of law or existing third party rights or where reproduction images are not readily available.


At least three weeks should be allowed for the processing of applications.


Please do not submit any payments until an invoice has been issued.


Payments by cash cannot be accepted.


Cheques must be in pounds sterling.


The applicant is responsible for all bank charges when submitting any remittance.


The applicant will have responsibility for obtaining artists' copyright clearance for reproducing any images where appropriate (usually, copyright in works of art remain the property of the artist or artist's estate for the life of the artist plus 70 years).

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