Archives & Library

Archive Collections

The Centre holds and provides access to archive material relating to the study of British art and architectural history. The collections contain the research papers of art historians, museum directors and curators; dealers; art critics, collectors and other individuals working in the field of art history.

Humphrey Waterfield

4 boxes. This collection has not yet been catalogued but a boxlist is available. (Ref DHW)

The archive mainly comprises travel journals, notebooks and sketchbooks created by Humphrey Waterfield from 1927 until 1970. It includes journals detailing Waterfield’s war-time experiences with a volunteer ambulance unit in Finland, Africa, the Middle East and France. It also contains other travel journals and sketchbooks kept during journeys in France, Ireland and South America. Several notebooks have personal observations and thoughts on a variety of topics and there is one notebook of his own poetry. The archive includes some correspondence, photographs, postcards and an exhibition pamphlet. Humphrey Waterfield was the subject of a small display held at the Centre in 2019 – further information about this can be found in the accompanying pamphlet. Additional material concerning Humphrey Waterfield can also be found in the Giles Waterfield Archive housed at the Centre.

The archive also includes a small volume of correspondence belonging to Henry Waterfield (Humphrey’s grandfather). The letters, dating from 1847–1858, were written by F.F. Courtenay (1848–1957), Private Secretary to the Governor-General of India, Lord Dalhousie to Henry Waterfield (1813–1913), in his position as Private Secretary to the Secretary of State for India. Courtenay was based at various locations in India throughout this period and the letters concern local news and politics associated with British rule.

Derick Humphrey Waterfield (1908–1971) was a British landscape gardener and artist. Educated at Eton College and Christchurch College, Oxford, he later studied at Ruskin College and the Slade School of Art. From the mid-1930s he created a six-acre landscape garden called Hill Pasture in Essex, where he also had a studio and house, designed by Ernö Goldfinger, built on the site. As a conscientious objector, he joined a Quaker voluntary ambulance unit and was deployed in Finland, Africa, the Middle East and, lastly, France. His parents died in 1940 and after the war he designed and laid out the garden of their house, Clos du Peyronnet, in the south of France.

Henry Waterfield (1813–1913) was a civil servant in the India Office for forty-four years. He worked as Private Secretary to successive Secretaries of State for India and in four different departments: the Military, Public Works, Revenue and Commerce and Financial.

Humphrey Waterfield standing with a paint palette

Humphrey Waterfield,