A major new journals-based resource for researching the history of 19th and 20th Century Art and Design

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For further information about Arts:Search, or if you wish to subscribe, contact:

Design Research Publications
Poundsford • Vicarage Lane • Burwash • East Sussex • TN19 7JS • United Kingdom

T: +44 1435 883950
E: info@arts-search.com



Arts:Search consists of three related and linked databases:


Review – Provides full text of arts journals


Arts + Architecture Profiles – Includes biographical data on over 30,000 artists, architects and designers


Design Abstracts Retrospective – Contains abstracts of decorative, applied arts and design journals published between 1900-1986. Includes over 60,000 entries

We are currently digitizing most of the major art journals published in Europe and America between the 1830s and the 1920s, making many of them available for the first time online. It will be a significant contribution to art and design history scholarship and will open up many new areas of research. 

 All the titles are cross-searchable, and biographical information is being added on every artist whose work is discussed or illustrated in the journals digitized.


Biographical Data

The biographical data we are adding includes:

a. The correct and full name of an artist
b. Their gender
c. Dates and place of birth and death
d. Nationality
e. Areas of artistic activity 

In the case of over 60% of the artists we have already included a detailed profile. 

We are also adding supplementary bibliographies, as well as numerous Internet links. These are to additional sources of biographical information, images, and archival records.