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ravells
10-19-2012, 10:37 AM
Found these on the public domain review. They should come in handy, I believe that you can use them commercially in your artwork but please check:

17th century Heraldry Designs (1695) | The Public Domain Review (http://publicdomainreview.org/2012/07/23/17th-century-heraldry-designs-1695/)

Lukc
10-19-2012, 11:29 AM
Well, I would say that you can as well - the art being in the public domain. But I'm no lawyer. The Wikipedia has this to say:

Derivative works include translations, musical arrangements, and dramatizations of a work, as well as other forms of transformation or adaptation.[13] Copyrighted works may not be used for derivative works without permission from the copyright owner,[14] while public domain works can be freely used for derivative works without permission.[15][16] Artworks that are public domain may also be reproduced photographically or artistically or used as the basis of new, interpretive works.[17] Once works enter into the public domain, derivative works such as adaptations in book and film may increase noticeably, as happened with Frances Hodgson Burnett's novel The Secret Garden, which became public domain in 1987.[18] As of 1999, the plays of Shakespeare, all public domain, had been used in more than 420 feature-length films.[19] In addition to straightforward adaptation, they have been used as the launching point for transformative retellings such as Tom Stoppard's Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead and Troma Entertainment's Tromeo and Juliet.[20][21][22] Marcel Duchamp's L.H.O.O.Q. is a derivative of Leonardo Da Vinci's Mona Lisa, one of thousands of derivative works based on the public domain painting.[15] (LINK HERE) (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Public_domain)

I would say that so long as elements are utilized to embelish one's own work, or serve as the basis for, say, a vector cartouche - it's fair game. None of the original artists shall turn in their graves, I dare say.

On the other hand, your resource also led me to this fantastic one: example architectural plans for divers buildings from 1807. (http://archive.org/details/gri_progettiarch00vala)

Bogie
10-20-2012, 01:50 AM
Nice resources, thank you both.

jtougas
10-22-2012, 11:52 AM
Those are both GREAT !!! Thanks for sharing :)