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GOMBRICH, Sir Ernst Hans Josef (1909-2001)


Reference code(s): GB 1370 WIA, Ernst H Gombrich

Held at: Warburg Institute

Title: GOMBRICH, Sir Ernst Hans Josef (1909-2001)

Date(s): c 1956-1999

Level of description: collection

Extent: 6 boxes

Name of creator(s): Gombrich | Sir | Ernst Hans Josef | 1909-2001 | Knight | art historian


Administrative/Biographical history:

Ernst Hans Gombrich was born, 1909 and studied in Vienna. He moved to London in 1936, becoming a Research Assistant at the Warburg Institute. During the Second World War he worked for the BBC, before returning to the Warburg Institute as Senior Research Fellow (1945-1948), Lecturer (1948-1954), Reader (1954-1956), Special Lecturer (1956-1959) and eventually Director (1959-1976). Gombrich also held a chair at University College London (1956-1959), and numerous other appointments. He received a CBE in 1966 and a knighthood in 1972. After his retirement he was an Honorary Fellow of the Warburg Institute until his death in 2001.


Scope and content/abstract:

Papers of Sir Ernst H Gombrich, art historian, c 1956-1999, including notes for the Warburg lecture and lecture invitations, 1962-1964; correspondence, 1956-1976 and obituaries. Topics covered include: Italian Renaissance (15th and 16th Century); Caricature; Art and Psychology; Aby Warburg and 'Festrede anläßlich der Verleihung der Ehrenmitgliedschaft der Akademie der Bildenden Künste an Sir Ernst Gombrich, C.B.E.', 22 Jun 1999.


Language/scripts of material: English and German

System of arrangement:

Arranged in sections as follows: Notes for Warburg Lecture, Lecture Invitations 1962-1964, Correspondence (1956-1976), Obituaries.

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:

Papers were created in the Institute.


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Archivist's note: Entry compiled by Sarah Drewery.

Rules or conventions: Compiled in compliance with General International Standard Archival Description

Date(s) of descriptions: Apr 2008

Art history | Art theory | Arts
Caricatures | Drawings | Visual materials

Personal names
Gombrich | Sir | Ernst Hans Josef | 1909-2001 | Knight | art historian
Warburg | Aby Moritz | 1866-1929 | art and cultural historian

Corporate names
Kulturwissenschaftliche Bibliothek Warburg x Warburg Institute