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ETTLINGER, Leopold David (1913-1989)


Reference code(s): GB 1370 WIA, Leopold D Ettlinger

Held at: Warburg Institute

Title: ETTLINGER, Leopold David (1913-1989)

Date(s): c 1948-1989

Level of description: collection

Extent: 16 boxes

Name of creator(s): Ettlinger | Leopold David | 1913-1989 | art historian and curator


Administrative/Biographical history:

Leopold David Ettlinger was born in Königsberg (now Kaliningrad, Russia), where his father was the university librarian, 1913. He studied at the Universities of Halle and Marburg, receiving his doctorate in 1937. He left Germany in 1938 because of his Jewish background and settled in England, working at the Warburg Institute under Fritz Saxl. With other Warburg staff, he was briefly interned on the Isle of Man in 1940 and became a member of the Institute on his release. During 1941-1948 Ettlinger worked as a schoolteacher in Birmingham, before returning to the Warburg Institute as Assistant to the Curator of the Photographic Collection (1948-1950); subsequently he was Assistant Curator (1950-1953) and Curator (1953-1956) of the Photographic Collection, and then a Lecturer at the Institute (1956-1964). From 1959 he was also a Professor at the Slade School of Art, becoming chair of the department in 1966. In 1970 Ettlinger left England for the University of California at Berkeley, where he remained until his retirement in 1980. He died in 1989. His research covered many aspects of art history.


Scope and content/abstract:

Papers of Leopold David Ettlinger, c 1948-1989, including personal documents, notebooks, notes, working papers for lectures, and correspondence. Topics covered include: Art and Theory of Art; German 16th Century Art; Italian Renaissance; Catalogue Raisonné of Pollaiuolo; Greek and Roman Gods; 19th Century Landscape Painting; Self-Portraits; Winckelmann and 'Wien und die Entwicklung der kunsthistorischen Methode'.


Language/scripts of material:

System of arrangement:

Arranged in sections as follows: Personal Documents, Notebooks, Notes, Working Papers for lectures, Correspondence.

Conditions governing access:

Archive material is accessible for the purpose of private study and personal research and within the supervised environment and restrictions of the Archive reading room. Access is with permission from the Institute Director and by prior appointment only. Potential users are advised to browse the Institute website and contact the Archivist, Dr des Claudia Wedepohl, before planning a visit. Access to individual items in the Warburg Institute Archives may be restricted under the Data Protection Act or the Freedom of Information Act.

Conditions governing reproduction:

Photocopies, at the discretion of the archivist, may be provided for research use only (working papers: up to 10% of any archive pressmark; correspondence by authors for whom the department doesn't hold copyright: up to 10% of the institutes holdings). Traditional photography is allowed at the discretion of the archivist, no digital cameras. Scans and digital photographs can be ordered at the discretion of the archivist. Requests to publish original material have to be submitted to the Archivist.

Physical characteristics:

Finding aids:

Collection level description available on-line at the University of London Research Services website


Appraisal, destruction and scheduling information:


Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:

Received from his literary executor, 1991.


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Related material:

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Archivist's note: Entry compiled by Sarah Drewery.

Rules or conventions: Compiled in compliance with General International Standard Archival Description, ISAD(G), second edition, 2000; National Council on Archives Rules for the Construction of Personal, Place and Corporate Names, 1997.

Date(s) of descriptions: Apr 2008

Art history | Art theory | Arts
Greek history | European history | National history
Painting | Fine arts
Roman history | European history | National history
Works of art | Arts
Movable cultural property

Personal names
Ettlinger | Leopold David | 1913-1989 | art historian and curator
Winckelmann | Johann Joachim | 1717-1768 | German art historian and archaeologist

Corporate names