As an art historian I am interested in how the visual image makes history and in how history has interpreted the visual image. This is an expanding area in that historians have now become conscious of the fact that visual images like documents such as letters, enrolment lists and drill books, have their own conventions and need to be interpreted. I note that recent discussions in this forum have raised the issue of the spectacle of the soldier so I thought I would just add a few useful weblinks for those interested in obtaining a range of possibly pertinent visual imagery. Of course issues of copyright and the web will remain problematic for some time to come, but I just felt that a useful site like this should have some sort of visual resource option.
Lewis Walpole Library Digital Collectionhttp://www.library.yale.edu/walpole/collections/digital_collection....
VADS - online resource for visual arts including John Johnson Collection of Political Printshttp://www.vads.ac.uk
And in terms of my own research interests on imagery in French public collections:http://ww.culture.gouv.fr/documentation/joconde/fr/pres.htm