I have been mourning the death of Giles Waterfield, who died wholly unexpectedly of a massive heart attack on Saturday, although aged only 67. I admired him for what he achieved as the Director of Dulwich Picture Gallery, where he went after a brief period working under John Morley as an Education Officer at Brighton Art Gallery. He wrote about the history of Dulwich and transformed it from a forgotten oddity into a flourishing independent museum with an active Board of Trustees and a small endowment. He brought John Sainsbury in as chairman of Trustees and then satirised him in The Hound in the Left Hand Corner. But his best novel was probably his first, The Long Afternoon, based on the lives of his parents. I’m glad that he had at least published his magnificently authoritative history of municipal art museums, which derived from the exhibition, Art Treasures of England, which he curated in 1998 at the Royal Academy. He was very dry and very knowledgeable, on every committee in the country, including chairman of Charleston Trust.