Research Collections

Collections Overview

The Centre collects archive material relating to the study of British art and architectural history. The collections contain the research papers of art historians, many of whom were pioneers in the formation of this discipline.

Ellis Waterhouse

72 boxes. This material has now been catalogued. Please search the archive catalogue for full details. (Ref EKW)

Sir Ellis Kirkham Waterhouse The archive primarily consists of annotated photographs which document Waterhouse's extensive research into British art between the sixteenth and eighteenth centuries. The photographic files include related research notes, letters, off-prints, press cuttings and typescripts of documentary sources. The archive also contains a typescript draft of Joshua Reynolds' sitter-book of 1755 published by the Walpole Society, Vol. XLI, 1966-1968; a typescript draft for his Dictionary of 16th and 17th Century British Painters; a typescript catalogue of prints and engravings for the Braybrooke collection; two annotated copies of his Preliminary Check List of Portraits by Thomas Gainsborough, published by the Walpole Society, Vol. XXXIII, 1948-1950 and some engravings after Gainsborough.

Sir Ellis Kirkham Waterhouse (1905-1985) was an art historian and museum director. He was Director of National Galleries of Scotland (1949-1952); Director of Barber Institute of Fine Arts, University of Birmingham (1952-1970) and Director of The Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art (1970-1973). He published widely on British art.