I was incredibly lucky to have studied A-Level History of Art at Dulwich College when Giles was Director of the Dulwich Picture Gallery. He would take us into London where we were treated to gallery tours under his wing, imparting his expertise with much kindness & patience. I remember a Paris trip to see a fantastic exhibition of David paintings at the Louvre.
He managed to instil in me a lifelong love of visual arts & architecture, for which I owe him a huge debt of gratitude.
He was as gentlemanly as he was learned, & I will not forget him. Thank you, Giles.
Thinking of you every day and missing our weekly conversations, our dinners, and our travels together, I keep thinking of things I want to tell you, that would make you laugh and of all the gossip and mischief you would enjoy. Rest in peace my dear friend and fellow traveler.
At his Memorial service tomorrow, I shall be remembering Giles' intelligent voice, laconic wit, probing humour and gentlemanly kindness over the past two decades. I enjoyed discussing our tastes in art and architecture. My son Edmund bears the name Giles thoughtfully proposed for him over tea at which we also discussed the title for his novel The Long Afternoon.
I can't come tomorrow due to illness, but I shall remember you from the long ago days of Fundraising at Dulwich and the Travellers' Club. It is a wrench to lose friends, but your contributions have added lustre to all our lives.
Inspired by him as a 17 year old, when he took a bunch of sixth formers from Dulwich under his wing to do more interesting things than schoolwork, such as read poetry by candlelight after hours in the Picture Gallery.. He was a man of empathy and kindness, generous in sharing his interests.
Always an appreciative guest, fondly remembered. Departed for his own Long Afternoon
An incredible shock Giles sudden passing, it seems so recent that he was sitting on my sofa here in Berlin, and our dining together. In researching his novels he spent long periods in Berlin, and though I knew him in London, his trips to Germany, and our Romantic literary to the Von Arnim residency programme and house at Schloss Wieperdorf, near Juteborg, stays with me....thoughts...in pectore
It was such a pleasure and privilege to work with Giles at the University of Notre Dame, and I will miss him greatly.
It is with enormous sadness I read of Giles' death. I will miss his sense of humour
Firstly, my condolences for the family.
I had the fortune of meeting Giles Waterfield in The Attingham Summer School of 2006. We shared those three weeks with many exceptional people, but Giles stood out for his kindness and cheerfulness.
It is with the greatest sadness that i learned that Giles had slipped away to somewhere that the 'good guys' go. He was a wonderful person to know, superb scholar, clear lucid writer, knowledgeable on art+museums, witty-wicked sense of humous and so much more. The loss is ours.
Marie Bourke, Guest Curator, National Gallery of Ireland
This is still hard to believe. We shall all miss Giles enormously - he was a terrific teacher, writer and curator, totally committed to and engaged with his students. As well as his art historical writing, The Iron Necklace revealed him as a gifted novelist and we were thrilled when Giles wanted to do an event here earlier this year to celebrate the book. We feel privileged to have had him as a friend and supporter of the Institute.
Giles was such a wise, witty and wonderful man; a very special soul. What a sad sad loss.
It is so difficult to believe that we will never meet you again ! It was a great professional and human experience for me, to cooperate with you, in 1992, for the exchange of two exhibitions between the Dulwich Picture Gallery and the Museum of the Royal Castle in Warsaw. "Treasures of a Polish King" and "Collection for the King".
In 2004 , I had a privilage to participate in The Royall Colleclion Study Course, directed by you, and subsequently in 2014, in The London House Course. It was also a great pleasure for me to organise in 2015, your lecture in the Museum of the Royal Castle in Warsaw, entitled "The People's Gallerys: Exhibitions and Museums in Victorian Britain"., you gave on the occasion of your visit in Warsaw for the presentation of the polish edition of your book "The Long Afternoon". It was the last time
when I and some others polish friends could enjoyed your company, your knowledge, your sense of humor, and your enthusiasm for the new projects.
During these visit, you also had an interview for the private TV Republica, where you talked about your newly-translated book.
Giles Waterfield - autor książki "Długie popołudnie" i Andrzej Dobosz - krytyk literacki, felietonista.
This Video will be the last memory of you for many friends, you have left in Poland, in Warsaw and specialy in the Museum of the Royal Castle in Warsaw.
Dear Friend! We will miss you sorely!
Giles - it was a pleasure knowing you & I only wish I could have known you better - you mixed your knowledge with charm, never making the other feel like the fool they might be. I was fortunate enough to attend two courses under your eagle eyes and indeed was very fortunate. I'm sure you will soon be organising courses in the next place and hope I can attend. God rest in peace
Thanksgiving here in the United States. Very thankful I was able to attend the London House Course in April of this year, with Giles at the helm. I sat next to Giles at lunch the day when Michael Palin's son was speaking to us about Spitalfields. We ate decadent pudding. He listened to me about my project on Benedict Arnold and asked if I was going to write a book. It's been a strange year on both sides of the Atlantic. Having memories from Attingham and Giles make it a bit more bearable.
Giles was a wonderful mentor and tutor to me at Dulwich and encouraged me to apply to study
at the Courtauld
I shall greatly miss his kindness and humour
The most sad news came as a complete shock to me. At the beginning I could not believe. It was just a month or so that we said goodbye to each other. Than we were sending e-mails and apparently planning next meeting… I had just finished The Royal Collection Studies report and sent some thank you letters when I got the news. For the next few days I was completely devastated. Giles was so kind to me and we had such a good time in Windsor. When I had to pass the news to other colleagues from the Royal Castle in Warsaw, who knew Giles and who are The Attingham Trust alumni, I could barely speak.
Now, however, good memories returned. I am so happy and proud I could meet him. He was a charming man and great companion. I absolutely loved his sense of humour.
Strangely enough, now I also feel as if he was not dead. I have a sense that he is still alive…
I had the chance to work with Giles developing a network of European Studio Museums over the last couple of years. The perfect project for someone with his genius for bringing people together. What a force for good he was.
Giles gave me my first internship at Dulwich Picture Gallery many, many years ago and I kept in contact throughout the years. I think he gave me the job on the strength of my choice of Lapsang Souchong (without milk). Giles will be sadly missed, but he will be remembered for his charm, wit and generosity.
Sending my condolences to Giles's family and friends. He was a wonderful tutor and made my time at the Courtauld truly special. I feel very fortunate to be one of his students. He is missed by many.
Having been one of the lucky students attending the Attimgham courses and getting to know Giles both as a brilliant art historian and a very kind and humerous person. We kept in touch, he came to Switzerland, it was wonderful. I will miss him.
Giles was inspiring in so many ways. Passionate about his field and a brilliant communicator, he was also able to maintain a wry degree of circumspection. And so often it made us laugh. I'll miss the frisson of anticipation of an imminent witticism as he caught sight me with his impish eye. This last happened just two days before his death, when I met him in the galleries of the Fitzwilliam, surrounded by an adoring group of students from the Courtauld, who were hanging on his every word, and aware of the privilege of being taught by someone who made learning such fun. A happy memory I shall treasure.
Giles made me laugh whenever I met him. He was the best of teasers. I shall miss him terribly and can't believe we will never laugh together again.
I will miss Giles so much. He made the year I spent in London earning my MA from the Courtauld one of the most memorable, rich years of my life. He was always funny, patient, insightful and encouraging as he took us around Europe, guided me on my thesis, and supported me after I graduated. What a loss for the art world and his family and friends!
Extremely sad news. Everyone who met him was touched by his sincerity, kindness and sense of mischief, not to mention his great gifts as a writer of art-history and fiction. His achievements were immense - a great loss indeed.
I'm very thankful to Giles for sharing his knowledge and inspriation with me as he did with so many others. I wish to express my deepest condolences to his family and close friends
I still can't quite believe that he is gone. I keep thinking that the phone will ring and Giles - in that voice which blended the confidence that something amusing would happen when we met, with haste at snapping shut his briefcase for a lecture he was about to give - will say 'What are you doing tomorrow? Come to dinner. Seven o'clock'.
Giles, close colleague, neighbour, confessor, friend: already I miss his steadfast support in our common endeavours, his discerning eye for what and who really mattered, his appetite for the old and energetic enthusiasm for the young and new, his gentle debunking of the world's inanities and his particular understated wit and turn of phrase. At home, the tea that turned to gin. And more. And so on and so forth, as he'd say.
A kind, humorous, gentle man. It was his personality and enthusiasum which inspired his devoted Friends to support his work at Dulwich. He will be sadly missed.
I send my deepest condolences to all Giles's family and friends. I was in touch with him recently via email and awaiting a letter from him. He was on the interview panel for one of my early posts and was an outstanding character and a fountain of erudite knowledge. So shocked to hear of his sudden passing.
I feel as though I am coming late to these tributes but I feel the same sense of shock and grief as does everyone else. Giles' deeply thoughtful critiques, generous and always helpful advice and occasionally hilarious and pithy observations brought great wisdom and joy in my time at the National Trust and I can't imagine how we will all get on without him.
Giles, a dozen years after taking an MA with you, I found myself telling my own MA students about you this week. About how I model my teaching after your example—taking them out into the world to look at things and talk to people; teaching them to be curious, energetic and generous in their scholarship—and entertaining!; and to recognize that the bonds of friendship formed in learning enrich everything. Thank you for your unswerving support, wry advice, a roof over my head whenever I needed it, and that last gin and tonic in your glorious backyard.
Must have met Giles early in his Dulwich days, remember him coming to the Fitz to probe its history in the early 1990s: so many intersections, so many wise and witty observations, always benign but never anodyne. Who now will patrol and chronicle our territory? A sad loss indeed.
Thank you, Giles, for all the inspiration, insights and fun you've given me. And thanks for coming to see me in Sweden and Italy and being such an entertaining and amused guest, even when I took you to folk dancing.
After so many years of knowing each other, since school days, we were going to have a celebratory dinner with like-minded friends on St Andrew's Day but that is not to be.
What a sad loss to the world of scholarship. His 'The People's Galleries' is a unique contribution to cultural history which could not be bettered. I knew him a long time and he was always delightful. An abiding memory is his account, given in several instalments, of the British monarchy from 1066 to the present day in the bus on the Royal Collections course. It was a tour de force of profound knowledge allied to a mischievous sense of humour He will be very much missed - a lovely man.
I first met Giles nearly 20 years ago on the Summer School course. A man of enormous talent and a lovely wicked sense of humour! Sadly missed.
I can't believe you've gone, Giles. You were in my Drawing-Room, perilously bouncing up and down with enthusiasm on a rather precarious sofa, only a couple of weeks ago. On the Royal Collections Study Course you turned didactisism into an addictive pleasure. You will be sorely missed for that and so many other things.
Much has already been said, and there will be so much more to record about Giles's knowledge, so generously shared, his particularly acute but never mean wit, his delightful kindness and his profound influence, which, like so many others I was lucky enough to experience. But, dear Giles, you have left us far, far too early, and the world is a smaller, duller, contracted place without you.
A wonderfully alert and attentive listener, Giles was always interested in what you were doing and, with that warm and quizzical smile and such a range of knowledge, his responses inevitably made you think afresh about any project . As admired and loved as much by friends in Los Angeles as those in London and elsewhere, he will be greatly missed by so many of us.
His wit, knowledge, kindness and his whole character are missed greatly. I am most thankful for having met him. Sometimes dreams won’t come true.
For Giles to have been taken from us so suddenly is deeply shocking. He was a wonderful person, wry, witty, profoundly knowledgeable and possessing great depth and insight. I shall always treasure my memories of touring Japan with him in 1986, and witnessing the transformations he wrought at Dulwich. His passing leaves a huge hole in British cultural and artistic life.
I think about RCS in September 2016, how engaged Giles Waterfield still was - after 20 years of teaching the course. I think about his "announcements" in the bus... about his wide knowledge and his wonderful sense of humour.
We will all remember those days forever, and I feel so fortunate that I had the opportunity to follow the course under his direction.
Giles Waterfield's lectures on art in English country houses were a highlight of the Attingham Summer School for me. After the course ended, he invited me to his house to look at a painting of an elderly Maori sitter that he'd been given when he was at Dulwich. He was genuinely curious about the work, and thought that being from New Zealand I could tell him more about it. It was a memorable evening; he seemed so pleased to learn more about the picture, and the sitter, a Maori chief called Patara Te Tuhi. He presented me with buttery asparagus for dinner, which we ate with our hands. It was a lovely encounter and I thought he was a fascinating person with a real sparkle in his eye. My sincere condolences to his family and friends. I'm sure he will be greatly missed.
So, dear neighbour, we'll never again share a word at our gates; spend time with friends old and new, nor have the opportunity to pursue your mischievous idea for another novel. Thank you for making us so welcome in SW8
On hearing the news from a mutual friend I felt a disquieting shock. Over many years I have loved the man and enjoyed the books. Like so many others, I cherish my experience of the Royal Collection Studies course, the whole experience held together by Giles's graciousness and wit. I also remember the 'bus lectures' with particular pleasure. Nothing ever seemed to go wrong, but no doubt that was at least in part due to the meticulous preparation.
Very sad to hear of the passing of Giles. I was fortunate enough to be in his last intake on the History and Theory of the Art Museum MA at the Courtauld Institute of Art (2007), and I owe so much to him. His introductions laid the foundations of my career. His naughty sense of humour and generous nature shall be sorely missed.
It is with deep sadness that I learn of the brutal death of Giles. I had much sympathy and esteem for him. His contribution to the conservation of the British heritage is considerable. Since Hattingham we had the opportunity to meet again in Paris, and we always had excellent moments of friendship.
I offer my sincere condolences to his family and all my sympathy to The Attingham Trust, in the person of its Executiv Director, Annabel Westman.
Such a sad loss. I hold fond memories of the Royal Collections Study course, which Giles led with such style and humour. It was a pleasure to have had even the rare opportunities to spend time in his company.
Goodbye dear Giles. What challenges and what fun we had in those early years at Dulwich in the 1980s. You transformed a sleepy, forgotten time capsule of late Georgian taste into a world-renowned art museum with its own dynamic exhibition and education programme. You had to start from scratch, with the barest of facilities, a skeletal staff and no financial support. What you achieved was truly remarkable and it was a privilege to be part of it all. Thank you for putting such faith in me as your first curator and for teaching me so much. I will miss the devilish boy in you.
Such a sad loss of a kind and witty man. He was the best kind of scholar, a great encourager of others and always excellent company.
Giles had such a wonderfully dry sense of humor. I will miss him.
It is with great sadness today that I have heard of Giles' passing. We had such great fun together on the Attingham course in 1978 and at others of my visits to the UK. His fine humor and scholarship and writing will be greatly missed.
The Attingham bus lectures were masterpieces in their own right, surpassed only by Giles as conversationalist. He was an extraordinary listener and incredibly generous, to students in particular. I'll miss his warm smile a great deal, for a very long time.
Giles’s loss is a huge one for his many friends, but also to people who knew him less well. He contributed so much to the history of art in the widest possible sense, and always in a low key but very effective way. He will be missed by hundreds of us who have benefitted from Attingham courses, from his exhibitions and novels, and from his support of dozens of projects. I was lucky enough to be with him in China just a few days before his death and I will always remember that chance to enjoy his company and to hear of his plans for another exhibition and another book.
Like others, I was deeply saddened and indeed shocked by the news of Giles’ death. But I come from a rather different angle to many of those who knew him and benefitted from his work and advice as a distinguished curator and lecturer.
We had connections through my family as Giles was a cousin of Ruth Bell nee Waterfield. She was married to the diplomat and author Ian Bell who was my godfather. Giles and I became friends at Eton where he was the opposite of a ‘muddied oaf’ and started on his life as an intellectual and appreciator of art.
Like others I found him witty and urbane, incredibly knowledgeable in his artistic fields, but also kind and considerate. While I did not see him that often, throughout life we could always take up where we left off.
Recently we had the link that our daughter worked happily at the Garden Museum where Giles was a Board Member. She helped with the launch event of Giles’ final book The Iron Necklace, and Giles made a point of expressing appreciation for her help - just a small touch, but typical of him.
We will all miss him greatly.
A rare man. Salve anima iucundissima!
Surely I am one of Giles's most fortunate friends, having just spent 9 nights as his house guest in Oct. while attending the Attingham- Wallace Collection study course. The visit started with a dinner party, beautifully prepared, with a wonderful mix of people; the opening reception of the Caravaggio exhibition; and lots of time to visit about his teaching and the tour programs I've developed with Giles's support. All of this summer's group has written about Giles's excellent guidance and his hospitality at his dinner club for our closing festivities. Through Attingham SS, Royal Collections, and London House courses, Giles was the inspired teacher, the wry observer, the friend. So many of us so enriched by knowing Giles.
I knew Giles as a friend and then neighbour. And most of all as the most generous of hosts.I will never forget his birthday parties in Clayland Road ,delicious food and good friends , and his teasing manner which stimulated such lively conversation.How much he will be missed.
Very sad and rather deeply upset. Having shared a room with Giles in a hotel in Vicenza during an art history tour (rather a long time ago) I have ever since appreciated his always elusive presence, the dry withdrawn elegance, the incomparably wry smile, the shrewd sparkle in his eye – a true individual. His like never again, alas.
So very sad and shocked. I will miss his warmth, humour and sense of fun. We spent such exciting and inspiring times working on the Artists' Studio exhibition for Compton Verney, it was a great pleasure to have had the opportunity to work with him and laugh with him.
I am devastated to hear of Giles' death. I will miss his erudition and his great good humour and mostly I will just miss him.
What a shock to hear of Giles's sudden passing. His loss to Attingham is immense. Having first metGiles at Petworth on Attingham '87 he was a fixture on country house studies, especially on picture galleries. Then doing RCSin 2009 and listening to him cover such a wide range of subjects on our bus journeys from one Royal building to another. Such erudition, and worn so lightly. We shall all miss him and that wonderful twinkle in his eye.
I was saddened to hear of Giles's sudden passing.
I remember him as a true gentleman and an excellent lecturer.
My sincere condolences to his family and everybody at the Attingham Trust.
Royal Collection Studies 2011
Giles was such an exceptional, inspiring, and generous human being; it was a privilege to have known him for the short time that I did, and I am deeply saddened to have lost him. He was a man of great intellect and talent who had a profound respect for others, and who took a genuine interest in their lives and work. I feel sure that I will never meet another person like him, and I sincerely wish I could have spent so many more hours in his company.
Giles: my teacher, mentor and wonderful, inspiring friend. It was an honour to be a part of your life, and I'm struggling to accept that your warmth, wit and kindness will no longer be present. Thank you for your overwhelming generosity, your fierce observation and your unequivocal guidance. Your passing has left me and Ben filled with great sadness. I will always value all you taught me - in art and in life - and miss you tremendously. With love.
My deepest condolences to Giles' family and many friends. I just had the continued great pleasure of seeing Giles in London in September at St.James's Palace on the day he completed the last RC course, which I enjoyed some yerars ago with him. We shall remember Giles for his great knowledge, wit, charm and always lovely smile. We'll miss you greatly Giles!
I would have been having dinner with you tonight. John Lewis and I had supper together instead and talked about you. Oh, dear: old, old friends are the best. Who will call me "petal" now?
Profound condolences to his family, and to all who knew Giles. My Summer School class was 1997 and feels like yesterday. A marvelous, marvelous man who enriched us all
Thank you Giles for introducing me to the history of the British country houses during three wonderful weeks almost 20 years ago. I will never forget your knowledge and your wit and all the conversations we had in the course of the years. and will always regret that we never managed to do he exhibition we discussed in Florence. A great loss.
I should imagine dear Giles is finding this riveting.
I should like to imagine that our Giles is peering down at us from his perch high atop these marvelous Turner and Constable clouds, tuning his harp and sharing erudition, brilliance, and his infectious enthusiasm with Drs. Hayward, Lowenthal, Beard, Bruel, Guinness, Jackson-Stops, Pevsner, Hitchcock, Ian Grant, RIBA, the Knight of Glin and all the Saints.
My lovely childhood friend, you are irreplaceable. And who is going to tease me now?
Thank you, Giles for seeing something in me that made me eligible for the first Royal Collection program. Participation in that and in the Summer School with you and later encounters at meetings, conferences, etc. enriched my life. Your lack of pretension and wry sense of humor made being with you a delight.
You will continue in the memories of all of us who had the privilege of your company as a teacher and human being.
Never has someone worn their gravitas so lightly. To my wonderful MA tutor, my hilarious Attingham colleague, easily one of the most charming guests at my wedding and my friend: I will miss you so much. In your last email to me you wrote that you couldn't wait to read the Minutes from the meeting because you were sure they'd be "a scintillating read". A gentleman to the end.
It is often said that no-one is irreplaceable, but that is just not true in the case of Giles! It was a huge privilege to know him, to have been taught by him during the Royal Collections Study Course and to have continued to have had the pleasure of seeing him after that. Oh Giles, you will be sorely missed but the one comfort is that you did not suffer a long illness at the end.
R. I. P.
Such a loss. He could make even the dullest topic come alive; and often did.
Though my Attingham experience lies years back, I remember Giles fondly as an inspiring, knowledgeable, and also entertaining lecturer and participant. Such a loss to the Attingham community!
I first met Giles in 1972 when we both attended Erica O'Donnell's Study Centre course, then based at the V & A. From then on, through early teaching adventures, attending the Attingham Summer School together and eventually succeeding him as its Director, Giles's friendship, scholarship, perception, generosity, humour and immaculate timing have been a constant inspiration. More recently, his contributions to the National Trust Arts Panel were always profound and valued. I owe him so much. God bless, dear Giles.
With deepest regret I knew, that we’ve lost Mr.(Prof.?) Giles Waterfield, my teacher, your colleague, the bright and kind person. It was the brightest example of an outstanding novelist, the McKitterick Prize winner, whose devoted his talent to history of arts, staying faithful to The Attingham Trust, where he worked for many years. The glory of Giles Waterfield went far beyond the walls of his hometown Attingham, the opportunity to be his student were highly appreciated.
Please accept my sincere condolences on behalf of The State Museum-Reserve "Peterhof" on the death of Mr. Giles Waterfield, whose merit has made such a significant contribution to the life of young historians. We will always remember him.
Giles's work, especially (for me personally) at Dulwich and in his contribution to our understanding of Soane's architecture, were of irrevocable value and I hope those who have the power to do so will now be thinking of a fitting memorial to him. I am also thinking today of a lovely family occasion when he surprised me by his willingness to enter into play with children (with, of course, that same twinkle in his eyes that we all remember so fondly).
Giles was an inspiring teacher and lecturer. I will never forget his entertaining, witty and erudite introductions to individual British monarchs on the Attingham coach on way to the sites. (Atttingham, Royal Collections, 2009)
I'm so very thankful to have known and been inspired by Giles. I will greatly miss his inimitable wit, unfailing generosity and brilliant mind. We have lost a great force for the good.
A remarkable scholar and inspiration to us all.
I am very sad and extremly thankful for having the chance to join the Royal Collection Studies guided by Giles.
I consider myself lucky to have attended the RCS under Giles' directorship. I was even luckier to spend a few days with Giles in Beijing and Shanghai just two weeks ago. We had some memorable time together visiting artists' studios and private museum. Just as I thought we were going to have more to share and more to look forward to......I shall miss you, always!
Giles was always so generous with his time. It amazed me, always. Thank you Giles, for the interest you took in me as a student. You will be deeply missed.
In the summer of 2000, I spent a wonderful three weeks with Giles, other great instructors, and 47 brilliant fellow students. We explored a couple dozen British country houses carefully examining the buildings, the gardens, the art, the furnishings, and the traditions of these long gone days, before Downtown Abbey was a thing.
This is when I learned to see. To look beyond the elaborate trappings of wealth and to really see the connections between architecture and landscape, between daily life and the designed environment, and most importantly between the rich and the people who really did the work. In the midst of all that seriousness, we had a great deal of fun, had our fair share (and often more than that) of gin, and laughed a lot.
I'll never forget his insatiable curiosity and the patience he showed me, a young architect who knew next to nothing about England or what we were looking at. He delighted in my gut observations rather any knowledge I may have picked up in a book. This trait of his gave me great self-confidence. I owe him a great deal.
Rest in peace, my friend!
Giles, your generosity of spirit, your amazing wit and humour, your kindness, and brilliance will be missed so very much. I am so fortunate and grateful to have know you.
Goodnight to an inspiring teacher whose endearing smile embraced us all as friends. I am grateful for the time together, and feel the loss--as one who knew him, for those who will not.
I knew Giles through the Attingham program, and more recently through his interest in the Historic Artists Homes and Studios program in the USA. What a loss to all those who enjoyed his scholarship and his wit!
Meeting Giles for the first time at the Attingham Summerschool of 1996 I was not only impressed by his knowledge and tutorship but also by his charme. Since then we did meet occasionally and apart from his divergent capacities I always enjoyed his peculiar sense of wit the most. As someone wrote earlier after his sudden passed away, we feel so sorry to think that we will never meet him again. I wish my sincere condolences to his friends, family and colleagues.
Your wit, wisdom, passion, knowledge, and generosity shaped the expereince of our '01 Attingham Summer School. The expereince changed the course of my professional life and career. I will be forever grateful for your kindness and shall ALWAYS look for the hound in the left hand corner
I had the privilege of learning from Giles during the Attingham Summer School and Royal Collections Studies, as well as hosting him at my museum as a lecturer. He was a marvelous speaker who unlocked worlds for us. My deepest condolences to his family and his world of friends.
How dreadful to lose Giles. No-one conveyed better the pleasures of scholarship and discovery in the arts. And always so modest, kind and funny.
I attended both Attingham Summer Program and Royal Collections with Giles at the helm. Those experiences changed my life. Giles was a guest in my home. I will miss him greatly, and it is a huge loss to the global art community.
We will mourn Giles's passing but celebrate his many achievements and contributions to the Attingham Family.
I was so lucky that Giles led my Attingham and Royal Collection Study programs. His dry wit, intellect and charm were a magical combination. He was a real life enhancer. He'll be remembered always.
My deepest sympathy. Very saddened to hear about this. We had a delightful exchange about the differences in Chatsworth and Biltmore House during Attingham Summer School 2015.
"Good night sweet prince and flights of angels sing thee to thy rest."
Thank you Giles for the inspiration you distilled in me and the knowledge you generously imparted at the Attingham Summer School of 2005. And I am just one of many hundreds, perhaps thousands who have been so stirred by you and the knowledge you so generously imparted. Rest peacefully.
Greatly saddened by the loss of a delightful person and a wonderful writer of both fact and fiction. I admire his ability to conjure a vivid sense of each past period that he addressed, as well as to open to the reader his characters' thoughts. An impressive worker in many spheres.
Rest in Peace Giles - you deserve it. No doubt that the repartee in heaven is a good as yours' was on earth! We will miss your sophistocated and fair mindedness and erudition and many other things. Till we meet again, au revoir.
Oh, how his friends will miss him - for so many reasons. The kindest, gentlest of men, who never put you down, never snubbed you, even over the crassest gaffe. He had such an enquiring mind and to visit a place or a building with him and look at it through his eyes was an enchantment. He was so funny, too, and his humour came out in his delightful novels but we must be grateful that his book on Museums came out in time for him to receive acclaim for a great work. He went far too soon and will be sorely missed.
Thank you Uncle Giles (allow me to call you like this as I called you in my heart and as you have exactly the same age as my father) for all your help and your passionnate talks given on the occasion of our museum history conference in Beijing. As you said in Beijing men like colleting eternal things. But unfornately it's not because of this passion that we are eternal ourselves. The moment that we spent together in Shanghai was also so happy. I really didn't expect a friendship that lasts so short time. Missing you!
I am grateful that I had the privilege of meeting and learning from Giles during the Royal Collection Studies course. He was a masterful leader and scholar. I loved his dry humor, his wonderful lectures, and his passion for art and history. He also was a great mentor, making the effort to meet with all of us and find out our interests, worked to emphasize relevant content, and make introductions for us. His books are equally brilliant and witty. Giles was equally focused on making the past relevant and on shaping the future of museums, art history, and the people who will define them. Giles was a rare treasury who will not soon be forgotten.
Understated, witty, charming, humble and deeply knowledgeable about everything - it was always a pleasure to talk to Giles about anything. His light touch on the Royal Collections Studies course hid the depth of his understanding of patronage and his work on the history of museums and galleries is invaluable. We will all be the less for what he still had to contribute.
I attended the Attingham Summer School in 2010 and I was blessed by his lectures. A great loss for the art world
My dearest bestest Giles, I so wish you hadn't gone. I will miss you dreadfully. I cherish the time we spent together on your wonderful book. I can't believe I shan't see your lopsided smile any more. All my love, Mia
How I'll miss his kindness and wit. A great loss to all who knew him.
My thoughts are with you and yours, just three short weeks with you on the Attingham Summer School had such an influence on me, my future and my approach to life.
Thank you Giles.
Giles was the heart and soul of Royal Collections Studies. I feel very privileged to have known him. I send my condolences to his family, friends and colleagues of The Attingham Trust
Such a tremendous loss for us all, not only his friends and family, but also the generations of art historians he inspired, mentored, enlightened, entertained and charmed; and the exhibition visitors who were dazzled the fruit of his curatorial vision and scholarly acumen. I will cherish the memory of his inimitable wit, his indefatigable marching through galleries and historic houses, and the way he so generously, passionately dispensed his terrific, stimulating knowledge. It was a privilege to meet his path, albeit all too briefly.
Giles was an excellent art historian, an encouraging and charismatic teacher and a committed advocate of the important role of museums in past and present. He was dedicated to his work and had a genuine interest in the work and welfare of others. His multifaceted sense of humour is legendary. With great gratitude I will remember his uncomplicated, generous hospitality and his warm-hearted kindness whenever our paths crossed.
Memories of the pleasure of his company will be cherished by so many. He transformed Dulwich and wrote brilliantly on the history of museums and so much more, but I shall always remember with affection his quizzical humour, gentle leadership and encyclopaedic knowledge on Attingham forays.
Mt thoughts are with his family and friends.
Giles was an enormously kind, erudite and amusing leader of the Attingham Summer School, and The Royal Collections Studies Course. Along with the hundreds of others who learned so much from him, I am enormously grateful for his special blend of knowledge, shared with such enthusiasm. May he Rest in Peace.
Having just spent ten days on Royal Collection Studies, I can hardly believe that this witty, erudite and fascinating colleague is gone. I consider myself very fortunate to have known him over a number of years, listened to his many conference papers, read his books (both fiction and non), worked with him at Christie's Education, and shared wine and conversation on several occasions. My heart goes out to his close friends, family and colleagues. I will miss him greatly and will always be grateful to him for his generous support and encouragement, his inimitable wit and his marvellous use of language.
We will all miss Giles' erudition and wisdom , but perhaps most of all the twinkle in his eye. A great loss.
Giles was an inspiring friend and mentor to so many, not least all the alumni of Attingham Trust courses from across the world who benefited so much from his kindness and scholarly generosity and enjoyed so much his sense of fun and endearing personality. As a Curator at Sir John Soane's Museum, Giles was a close colleague and supportive friend for more than 30 years - never more so when he was such an outstanding Director at Dulwich. He is irreplaceable and his sudden absence is hard to imagine and comprehend. He will be very sorely missed by all of us and we send our condolences to his family.
Giles was funny and brilliant, and his role at Dulwich Picture Gallery was transformative. He will certainly never be forgotten there.
What an energetic and inspiring character he was. I wish his family and friends my condolences in this difficult period.
So very sad for all of his friends and colleagues, and for the legions of alumni from around the world that attended the Royal Collections and Attingham courses. Giles' wit, intelligence and great kindness will be sorely missed by us all.
Proud to have counted Giles amongst my friends. His wry sense of humour and kindness will be missed by many. Truly one of a kind.
Giles was lovely person, generous with his knowledge and an inspiring teacher and mentor. I can't quite believe he is gone, a terrible loss.
I am so saddened to hear of Giles' passing. As my MA advisor at the Courtauld, he was a great mentor and supporter. He opened my eyes and heart to the world of museums, took me to Germany to see the great collections and made me fall in love with London. He questioned my loyalty to 'sport', and encouraged me to pursue a career in the arts.
Giles was one of the great men of culture of our time, one of the few to bridge the world of art history and architectural history, and to be a person of wit, charm, warmth and kindness. He will be much missed
Giles, je pense très fort a toi. In this sad moment, a lot of memories coming back, from LA, from London, from Windsor. You have been and admirable person, scholar and friend. I feel so sorry to think we won't see you again. I hope that where you are, there are beautiful things to comment about and joyfull company to make jokes of and with.
In 1996 Giles was the external supervisor for my MA thesis at Essex University. I never met him to thank him for giving me a distinction but had followed his writings and museum studies work with admiration. I am deeply saddened.
Giles was one of the greatest and kindest mentors in the art world of our time - generous to students and passionate about the business - a consummate networker and entertaining evening companion - with a rare capacity to see talent in the person - not just their sex, privellage or background and importantly able to create spaces for that talent to flourish - many in the curatorial world owe much to Giles - I certainly do. As a result, at the moment, I simply can't conceive of the museum world without him.
He was a good, kind man: a gentleman and a scholar. A talented writer, an inspirational teacher, mentor, and friend. Endlessly generous with his time, energy, passion and expertise.He was a good, kind man: a gentleman and a scholar. A talented writer, and an inspirational teacher, mentor, and friend. Endlessly generous with his time, energy, passion and expertise. He will be greatly missed by so many of us...
Colleagues in Ireland hugely saddened at the news of the death of our great friend. A brilliant and inspiring teacher. Little did we know that his presence on the Attingham Summer School 2016 would be his last. How privileged we were. Ni bheith a leitheid aris.
We already miss you so much
such a kind and generous man, as well as a real pioneer in his museum studies, and in what he achieved at Dulwich.
My deepest condolences to family and friends. I have not seen Giles in many years, but will always remember his kindness to me. May he rest in peace.
I can't seem to find the right words to write about a man who was so gifted with them. I feel privileged to have known and learned from Giles at Notre Dame's London Centre. Although our time together there was short, he oversaw a group of students that I am still bonded with years later. I do, and will continue, to think often of Giles, his passion for art and literature, and his good humor. I am one of many who will truly miss him.
I am as shocked as everyone (having talked amiably with Giles at the opening of the Portrait of the Artist exhibition last week). But I am focusing on his wonderful achievements at Dulwich, as a writer and teacher, and as a great exhibition curator (not least working with us at the National Portrait Gallery on Below Stairs). He is a great loss and will be much missed.
I am very very sad. And thankful for having the chance to take part at the Royal Collection Studies so inspiringly guided by him.
It's impossible to know what to write, as there are endless great words that can be said about Giles, but he deserves a better writer than me. He taught our students for many years at Notre Dame and I know first hand that he was a beloved teacher, who took a very personal interest in them and their lives. I have had many conversations with students who were so positively affected by being in his classes. He leaves a huge void, as he was a wonderful man and a kind, caring and hilarious friend. Everything I know about art and museums came from Giles, who was always happy to patiently answer my novice and sometimes silly queries. He will he very much missed. Requiescat in pacem Giles.
It is with great fondness that I shall remember Giles as the ever energetic and inspiring character with a towering knowledge that seemed to surpass any disciplinary bounds. His role in inspiring many Attingham Trust Allumni to develop their research and make lasting connections during their course will be sorely missed. I wish his family and friends my condolences in this difficult period.
Am very shocked and sad at Giles passing. May he rest in peace.
I'd like thank Giles for all support and for his generosity. He offered me the opportunity to fulfill what was a mere project or what I saw as daydreaming. I know he'll be missed by his family and friends, a list in which I feel proud to be enrolled. Again, thank you Giles, your memory will remain with us.
To my wonderful cousin and a great Godfather to our eldest. We are missing you greatly.