Ellis K. Waterhouse notebooks and research files

Reference code



Ellis Waterhouse.


Getty Research Institute (Getty Research Institute).




34 boxes

photograph archive document catalogue notebook drawing manuscript microfiche


Organized in two series: Series I. Notebooks, 1924-1985; Series II. Research files, 1801-1987.

Scope and content

This archive documents Waterhouse's scholarly career. A major part of the archive consists of notebooks, maintained from 1924 until his death in 1985, in which he recorded paintings seen in private and public collections. The remainder of the papers are research materials on various subjects within art and architecture, including manuscripts of lectures and reviews by Waterhouse, and others. Included are photocopies of diaries (1852-1857), possibly the diaries of Sir Charles Eastlake (1793-1865) former Director of the National Gallery, London. The archive is part of a vast collection of materials acquired from the Waterhouse estate by the Getty, and complements the Waterhouse library, now part of the Getty Center Library. The notebooks are on deposit from the Provenance Index of the Getty Trust. Missing from the collection are papers relating to Waterhouse's career at the Barber Institute. The correspondence within the research files is primarily professional. There are a few personal items, such as photographs of Waterhouse's family. Media in the collection includes holograph and typescript manuscripts, photographs, printed material, drawings, press clippings, Photostats and microfiche.


Artists, schools, periods

baroque Thomas Gainsborough Mannerism Joshua Reynolds El Greco Giorgione

Genres and themes

painting photograph architecture Country Homes collecting painting drawing architecture





Finding Aids

Series I. Notebooks, 1924-1985 67.0 notebook(s) The notebooks are travel diaries that record in detail works seen in public and private collections, and contain alphabetical lists of paintings, artists, and monuments. These notebooks record Waterhouse's travels in the United Kingdom, the United States, and Europe, especially Italy, and the artworks seen there. Series II. Research Files, 1801-1987 25.0 box(es) The research files contain notes, draft catalogues and bibliographies, lectures, correspondence, photographs, notebooks, annotated books and printed catalogues (mainly of British collections). The subject matter covered includes British country houses, Reynolds, Gainsborough, El Greco, Italy and Italian Baroque art. Correspondents include art historians, curators, collectors and dealers. Photographic material includes images of paintings and photo essays on the architecture of southern Italy. Two boxes contain photocopies of diaries possibly those kept by Sir Charles Eastlake, former director of the National Gallery. The few personal items include photostats and microfiche of Waterhouse family photograph albums.


Open for use by qualified researchers

Online resources

GRI online catalog


archivists say

The collection is relevant for British art and Italian Baroque studies.

related nuclei and collections

The papers are part of a vast collection of materials acquired from the Waterhouse estate by the Getty, and complement the Waterhouse library, now part of the Getty Research Institute Library. The photographs from the Waterhouse collection complement the archival papers and are available as an intact collection within the repository's Photo Study Collection, accession no. 86.P.6.