I was very sad to hear of Phillip King’s death yesterday (he died on Thursday). He was one of my ex officio trustees at the National Portrait Gallery when he took over from Philip Dowson as President of the Royal Academy. I always liked and admired him in spite of the fact that I know he had a difficult time as President and he couldn’t have been more welcoming when I arrived. I hadn’t realised that he read modern languages as an undergraduate, then studied under Anthony Caro who had read engineering. A big figure in the world of 1960s sculpture.