Anthony Hobson: Waterhouse Archive

Archive Collection

Scope and Content

Research notes for Hobson's various publications, 1970-1996, including reviews and letters; Hobson's own annotated Sothebys and Christies catalogues, 1895-1916; papers relating to his Doctorate, 1978-1980; catalogues of the Coventry and Warwickshire Society of Artists and other organisations describing works exhibited by Hobson, 1965-1989; slides of Waterhouse paintings including subjects on: architectural drawings, twentieth century environment, town and country planning, Chipping Campden; black and white photographic prints of paintings mainly by Waterhouse.

Administrative / Biographical History

Anthony Hobson studied at Leicester College of Art. During the Second World War he was an RAF pilot, serving in South Africa and after the war he continued to fly planes with the RAF Volunteer Reserve.

Back in England Hobson completed his studies at the Leicester College of Art and became interested in the study of art history. While a Polytechnic Head of Department he was awarded the degree of Doctor of Philosophy for his thesis on the Victorian painter J.W.Waterhouse. Hobson was an Honorary Research Fellow of Coventry University and was in demand as a lecturer both there and at Warwick University. He also painted life-size portraits including the series of Provincial Grand Masters at Edgebaston, Birmingham, and celebrated players in the Tennis Court at Lord's. He also painted still life, figures and aircraft subjects. Hobson died in May 2001. Publications include The Art and Life of J.W.Waterhouse RA 1814-1917, Studio Vista and J.W.Waterhouse, Phaidon. Christie's. 1989.

Reference: Lanchester Library, Coventry University


The collection is arranged by document type.

Conditions Governing Access

Open. Access to the Lanchester Collection is by arrangement with the University Librarian, Coventry University.

Acquisition Information

This collection was deposited by Hobson's family after his death in May 2001

Other Finding Aids

A paper list to file level is available for consultation at the Lanchester Library, Coventry University.

An authority record exists for Anthony Hobson (GB 152 AAR 2015).

Conditions Governing Use

There are no restrictions on the use of this archive, apart from the requirements of copyright law.


Further deposits are not expected.