The Watercolour World (TWW) does not guarantee that the content on this Website is accurate, complete, or up to date. 

TWW shall not be liable for any losses or damages arising out of the use of this Website or its content, including reliance on the information contained on this Website. 

TWW may make changes on this Website at any time and without notice. 

Website service

While TWW makes every effort to ensure the smooth running of this Website, we shall not be liable for any losses or damages arising from parts or all of this Website becoming unavailable or otherwise un-operational for technical reasons beyond our control. 

Although TWW is committed to delivering a robust and secure website, we cannot guarantee the security of the images and content on the Website and shall not be liable for their theft or misuse. 

Third-party content

TWW takes reasonable measures to ensure that information provided by third parties is neither defamatory nor offensive, and that the relevant rights have been obtained by the contributor in advance. However, TWW cannot take responsibility for the accuracy of this content nor for the content of linked pages. Where content has been provided by external contributors, TWW will not be liable for: 

  • The completeness and accuracy of said content
  • Any infringement of intellectual property rights, copyright, or privacy rights
  • Any use of content that goes beyond the rights expressed in the Terms of Use

TWW encourages users and contributors to submit suggestions, comments, corrections, editorial content and other information relating to the Website content. All such content represents exclusively the opinion of the individual contributor and does not represent the view of TWW. 

TWW may relay information submitted by users to the relevant third-party collections. However, TWW, its staff and any external advisors shall not be liable or responsible should this information prove inaccurate or misleading. 

Individual users can submit corrections or queries via the contact page. TWW is a charity with limited resources, but will endeavour to respond as soon as possible.

Cultural sensitivity warning

Please be warned that certain content on this Website may contain words or imagery that are culturally sensitive or offensive.

The Website includes images of historical paintings and prints, along with details of their original titles, descriptions, and inscriptions. Some of this content records the attitudes and assumptions of the original artists or authors, and/or reflects attitudes of the time which may be considered inappropriate today. Other images may record scenes of oppression, aggression, or methods of scientific and anthropological study that may be seen as offensive. TWW presents this content as part of the historical record and in no way endorses any of the attitudes or actions reflected within the content.

In some indigenous communities, seeing the names or representations of deceased relatives and community members may cause distress or offence. In addition, images of ritual objects or ceremonies may be prohibited for certain community members on the basis of age or status.

Please be aware and cautious of these cultural sensitivities when using the Website. If you plan to use or refer to any of the content on TWW, do ensure that you do so in a manner that respects and accommodates the views of communities and individuals who may find the material distressing or offensive.

The images on this Website are provided by public collections such as museums, galleries, and libraries (“collections”) and private individuals (“collectors”). This content is released to TWW under various licences which determine how the content can be used. Details of these licences are recorded on every relevant painting page in a section titled “Image licence”, and summaries of these licences are accessible by clicking on the licence details.

If you wish to obtain single copies of images contained on the TWW website, for private, personal, non-commercial use and/or as permitted by the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988 including any amendments and revisions to the Act, you should contact the owner of the image as identified on the relevant image page. Where content has been released under a Creative Commons licence or is in the Public Domain, you are entitled to use that content in line with the terms of the licence or denomination specified on the content page.

For all further uses you must seek the permission of the owning collection or collector first. You are solely responsible for ensuring that you respect the licensing agreement, intellectual property rights and copyright pertaining to images and content on the Website. Images that were created by an artist who died within the last 70 years are still subject to artist’s copyright: in these cases you must seek further permissions from the artist(s), their estates or their nominated rights holder(s) before using their work.

TWW makes every effort to respect the copyright and intellectual property rights of the owning collections and collectors and to ensure that content is published with the owners’ knowledge and consent. If you have reason to believe that any of our content infringes your rights or the rights of any other person(s) please contact us at [email protected].

 Takedown policy

TWW will remove images at the request of copyright holders. If you believe you hold the rights to an image on our Website and would like us to take it down please make a formal request by writing to [email protected]. You should include the words ‘Takedown request’ in your email subject line. In the body of the email, please include your name, address and telephone number, a direct URL to the content on our Website, a summary of your complaint/request and a statement confirming that you are the copyright holder or are authorised to act on their behalf. We may ask that you provide proof of ownership before acting on your takedown request.


We cannot guarantee that the information on our Website, including rights information, is accurate, complete or up to date, nor is the content on this Website intended as advice on which you can rely. We strongly encourage you to check with the owning collection or collector before making use of any content. TWW is not liable for any loss or damages arising from your use of any content on this Website.