Bridgeman names top Christmas images

Fine art image library reveals the top five favourites for art Christmas card images in 2007.
Publish date:
Social count:

The Bridgeman Art Library has revealed the top five Christmas card trends for 2007.

This year the fine art image library licensed over 200 images for Christmas cards, with traditional religious images coming in first place, particularly fine art depictions of angels.

Japanese art also featured highly, with a number of major greetings card companies including Hallmark and Paperchase licensing Japanese snow scenes, such as the Kuniyoshi wookblock print of A Snowstorm at Kinroyozan Temple (pictured).

Just below traditional religious iconography in the top five are religious images by contemporary artists, including pictures such as Three Kings Following a Star (2001). This follows a biblical/nativity theme, but in a modern, highly decorative and fun style.

Japanese art and London scenes come in third and fourth place, with comic images taking fifth position.

"We have been licensing images for Christmas cards for over 30 years and in that time, there has been a definite move by greetings cards companies towards secular images," said Harriet Bridgeman, founder of Bridgeman Art Library.

"There is now certainly a trend towards celebrating the season as opposed to focusing on one religious festival. Traditional religious themed cards certainly haven't been abandoned; there is still a big market for them alongside the recent popularity of the Japanese winter scenes."


4_Top Gear logo.jpg

Top Gear

BBC Worldwide explains how Top Gear is much more than just a car show, but a proper lifestyle brand.

0 Force Awakens.jpg

Christmas clout

Tim Kilby, brand director at bedding and bedroom specialist Character World, reveals his pick of the licences set to top Christmas lists this year.

Featured Jobs

Aardman Job Logo 620 x 349

Brand Manager (Maternity Cover)

Part of the brand team, The Brand Manager works closely with several members of the department, including Studio Publicist, Community Managers, Licensing, Sales and Attractions and Live Experiences teams to implement local and international strategies in the form of brand plans and maximising on all activity surrounding the properties.

Universal Job Logo 620 x 349

Senior Graphic Designer, EMEA - Consumer Products

Working in tandem with the Product Development team and reporting into the Design Manager EMEA, the purpose of this role is to drive forward our creativity across all licensed consumer products. As part of the creative team, you’ll be developing exceptional creative assets and product concepts for numerous NBCUniversal franchises that inspire licensing partners across the entire region.

SanrioJob Logo 620 x 349

Creative Manager

Best known for global icon Hello Kitty, Sanrio has a portfolio of more than 400 characters. We license a unique collection of branded gifts, stationery and fashion accessory items while collaborating with the most respected companies in the world. Our EMEA business coordinates the development licensing throughout Europe, Russia, Middle East, Africa, Asia (for Mr Men), Australia and New Zealand. An exciting, permanent opportunity has come up at our London office to lead our Design team as Creative Manager (m/f)

Vivid Job Logo 620 x 349

Digital Marketing Executive - Toys & Games

Vivid is Britain’s biggest toy company and the 20 largest in the world. With offices across the globe, they sell an amazing portfolio of toys and games to over 60 countries. Vivid is best known for its association with blockbuster brands and is very excited about future opportunities around the world.